Definition of untouchable in English:

untouchable

Line breaks: un|touch¦able
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈtʌtʃəb(ə)l
 
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adjective

1Not able or allowed to be touched or affected: drug barons who were legally untouchable
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  • If marriage is invincible, indelibly written on the human heart, untouchable or only slightly touched by culture, where do all these fatherless families come from?
  • It was like reaching back in time and touching the untouchable, the unknowable.
  • We all know that youths are untouchable, that we're not allowed to defend ourselves and that authority is ridiculed.
1.1Unable to be matched or rivalled: when the band retreat to ambience and minimalism, they are untouchable
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  • They would at the very least hold on to their 13-point lead and with a game in hand over most of their rivals they would be virtually untouchable with just four matches still to play.
  • Are we now to assume the England rugby team is officially untouchable in the prize-giving context by all except an elite comprising members of the Royal Family, knights of the realm and fellow World Cup winners?
  • The match started promisingly for Oxford, as Hannah of Oriel was untouchable in the hammer throw, achieving a match record of 37. 24m.
2Of or belonging to the lowest-caste Hindu group or the people outside the caste system.

noun

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A member of the lowest-caste Hindu group or a person outside the caste system, contact with whom is traditionally held to defile members of higher castes.
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  • During a recent visit, I found liberals and intellectuals, jet-setters and slum dwellers, men and women, Brahmins and untouchables expressing this Hindu pride.
  • Rather, untouchables are outcastes placed below the sudra caste.
  • Elsewhere, where Hindus did convert, it was not the hoped-for Brahmins, but the powerless and disenfranchized lower castes and untouchables who made the change.

Usage

In senses relating to the traditional Hindu caste system, the term untouchable and the social restrictions accompanying it were declared illegal in the constitution of India in 1949 and of Pakistan in 1953. The official term today is scheduled caste.

Derivatives

untouchability

Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
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  • Paradoxically, the most moving aspect of her previous work has always been the sense of untouchability, the distance that comes with such an alienating and unusual sound.
  • Criminal cases are extremely difficult in these situations because of the untouchability of the military in Mexican society.

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