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noun pa·ri·ah \pə-ˈrī-ə\

Simple Definition of pariah

  • : a person who is hated and rejected by other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pariah

  1. 1 :  a member of a low caste of southern India

  2. 2 :  one that is despised or rejected :  outcast

Examples of pariah in a sentence

  1. For decades, African states longed for the day when South Africa would be liberated from its status as the apartheid pariah and become the economic engine that would pull Africa out of its mire of poverty and underdevelopment, much as Japan did for the Pacific Rim. —Allister Sparks, Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2001

  2. Even as her star was rising in the outside world, she was becoming more and more a pariah in her own village, where her isolation and sense of rejection made her, for a time, a prisoner in her house, a victim of agoraphobia. —Judy Oppenheimer, New York Times Book Review, 3 July 1988

  3. Once they began to migrate to the United States, especially after this country conferred citizenship on them in 1917, they discovered what it meant to be a pariah in the country that had adopted them. —John Hope Franklin, “The Land of Room Enough,” 1981, in Race and History, 1989

  4. He's a talented player but his angry outbursts have made him a pariah in the sport of baseball.

  5. <I felt like a pariah when I wore the wrong outfit to the dinner party.>

Origin and Etymology of pariah

Tamil paṟaiyan, literally, drummer

First Known Use: 1613

Rhymes with pariah

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to lessen in amount, effect, or force

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