Frattini subgroup is nilpotent in finite

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Verbal statement

The Frattini subgroup of any finite group is nilpotent.

Symbolic statement

Let G be a finite group and \Phi(G) denote the intersection of all maximal subgroups of G (the so-called Frattini subgroup of G).

Definitions used

Frattini subgroup

Further information: Frattini subgroup

The Frattini subgroup of a (here, finite) group is the intersection of all its maximal subgroups.

Finite nilpotent group

Further information: Finite nilpotent group A finite group is nilpotent if every Sylow subgroup of it is normal.


The result generalizes in two important respects. First, we can prove considerably stronger results about Frattini subgroups for finite groups, and more generally, for groups in which every proper subgroup is contained in a maximal subgroup. Second, we can generalize to proving the results about any Frattini-embedded normal subgroup of an arbitrary group.

For instance:


Given: A finite group G, and \Phi(G) is the Frattini subgroup

To prove: For any Sylow subgroup P of \Phi(G), P is normal in \Phi(G).

Proof: In fact, we shall show that P is normal in G.

Here's the idea. By applying Frattini's argument and the fact that \Phi(G) \triangleleft G, we have \Phi(G)N_G(P) = G. Now if N_G(P) \ne G, it is contained in a maximal subgroup M of G. Since \Phi(G) is contained in every maximal subgroup, \Phi(G)N_G(P) \le M, leading to a contradiction.


Textbook references

  • Abstract Algebra by David S. Dummit and Richard M. Foote, 10-digit ISBN 0471433349, 13-digit ISBN 978-0471433347, More info, Exercise 25, Page 199 (Section 6.2)