Examples of pariah in a Sentence
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
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
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
He's a talented player but his angry outbursts have made him a pariah in the sport of baseball.
I felt like a pariah when I wore the wrong outfit to the dinner party.
Recent Examples of pariah from the Web
Far from reclaiming other countries’ respect, Trump’s decision threatens to make the United States an international pariah.
This simply isn’t going to happen: The world is moving on, and the U.S. now enjoys the distinction of being a pariah state on this crucial global issue.
Syria, on the other hand, was effectively an international pariah when the Paris accord was first signed, making Damascus's involvement at the least impractical.
Trump has long expressed admiration for Russian autocratic leader and international pariah Vladimir Putin.
Broadway veteran Angela Birchett belts her numbers through the roof as Effie, the lead-singer-then-pariah of the fictional Dreamettes trio.
On his first official trip to the Middle East, President Trump has resoundingly thrown America’s lot in with Sunni Arab states and cast Shiite Iran as a global pariah, even as Iranians reelected a president who has offered to work with the West.
Back then, Mel Gibson was young, beautiful and not at all a pariah.
India’s got an ‘evolving strategic partnership’ with the USA, even though the USA is the international pariah of the moment.
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Origin and Etymology of pariah
Tamil paṟaiyan, literally, drummer
First Known Use: 1613
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Definition of pariah for English Language Learners
: a person who is hated and rejected by other people
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