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Miscegenation (Latin miscere “to mix” + genus (“kind”) is a term used to describe the mixing of different ethnicities or "races". It refers to marrying, cohabiting, having sexual relations or having a child with a partner from outside of one's racially or ethnically defined social group. Interracial marriage, interethnic marriage, interracial relationships and interracial dating are more common in contemporary usage. The term miscegenation has been used in the context of ethnocentric or racist attitudes and laws against interracial sexual relations and interracial marriage. As a result, "miscegenation" in English-speaking countries is often a loaded word and generally is considered offensive. Sociologists also use the term exogamy to describe the practice of marrying outside of one's social group, which may be defined by ancestry, religion, ethnicity or race. The practice of marrying within one's social group is called endogamy.

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