un·​touch·​abil·​i·​ty | \ ˌən-ˌtə-chə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce untouchability (audio) \

Definition of untouchability

: the quality or state of being untouchable especially : the state of being an untouchable

Examples of untouchability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For these young men, bonded together by their sense of untouchability as the enforcers of the regime’s oppressive, arbitrary cruelty, masculinity is expressly defined by competitive aggression. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 In the days, weeks, years, and decades since September 11, 2001, the event has taken on such sanctity to a certain kind of American identity that it’s become ensconced in a mythical untouchability. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 8 Sep. 2021 But the practice of untouchability has been documented in the United States by Equality Labs. Los Angeles Times, 4 July 2021 All adults, some 160m men and women, could vote; untouchability was abolished; rights to private property, free speech and belief (among others) were enshrined. The Economist, 12 Dec. 2019 Cynics would argue that his attack on untouchability was a mere tactic of convenience designed to protect his vote bank. Jaithirth Rao, Quartz India, 4 Nov. 2019 From among the issues Indian comics take up, the historical ramifications of caste and untouchability are starkly missing. Suraj Yengde, Quartz India, 8 Aug. 2019 This is a topic for another day, but given the untouchability of Oladipo and the mediocrity of their draft position, the Pacers have just one high-level asset to offer in trade: either Turner or Sabonis. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, 20 June 2018 The stigma of untouchability – the idea that physical contact with someone of a lower caste can be polluting – for example, is fading. Subramanian Shankar, Houston Chronicle, 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of untouchability

1919, in the meaning defined above

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“Untouchability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untouchability. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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