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Set vs Circle vs Coterie vs Clique

Setcirclecoterieclique can all denote a more or less carefully selected or exclusive group of persons having a common interest.

Set applies to a comparatively large group, especially of society men and women bound together by common tastes.

Circle implies a common center of the group (as a person or a cause that draws persons to him or it) or a common interest, activity, or occupation.

Coterie stresses the notion of selectness or of congeniality within the small circle; clique heightens the implication of an often selfish or arrogant exclusiveness.