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Definition of pariah noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pariah

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BrE BrE//pəˈraɪə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈraɪə//
 
 
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a person who is not acceptable to society and is avoided by everyone synonym outcast Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Tamil paṛaiyar, plural of paṛaiyan ‘(hereditary) drummer’, from paṛai ‘a drum’.
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