noun pa·ri·ah \pə-ˈrī-ə\

: a person who is hated and rejected by other people

Full Definition of PARIAH

:  a member of a low caste of southern India
:  one that is despised or rejected :  outcast

Examples of PARIAH

  1. He's a talented player but his angry outbursts have made him a pariah in the sport of baseball.
  2. <I felt like a pariah when I wore the wrong outfit to the dinner party.>
  3. 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

Origin of PARIAH

Tamil paṟaiyan, literally, drummer
First Known Use: 1613

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Rhymes with PARIAH


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