Definition of pariah in English:

pariah

Syllabification: pa·ri·ah
Pronunciation: /pəˈrīə
 
/

noun

  • 2 historical A member of a low caste in southern India.

Origin

early 17th century: from Tamil paṛaiyar, plural of paṛaiyan '(hereditary) drummer', from paṛai 'a drum' (pariahs not being allowed to join in with a religious procession).

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