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pariah

Syllabification: pa·ri·ah
Pronunciation: /pəˈrīə
 
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Definition of pariah in English:

noun

1An outcast: they were treated as social pariahs
More example sentences
  • They have since been treated as the pariahs of the political establishment.
  • Now, six decades later, smokers have become the social pariahs: excluded, if not frowned upon, by contemporary behavioral codes and even municipal law.
  • Traveling alone (especially for women) is seen as sad and desperate, a cardinal sin, reserved for those social pariahs who talk to their cats.
Synonyms
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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