untouchability

noun
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 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, "Unite and rule India’s constitution helped sustain the world’s biggest democracy," 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, "Can Hindu conservatives make room for reform in religion?," 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, "In the politically impotent Indian comedy scene, Dalit humour is a class apart," 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, "Doyel: Indiana Pacers need to win 2018 NBA Draft as they won Oladipo trade," 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, "Do we have a caste system in Houston and America?," 26 Jan. 2018 Although the practice of untouchability is now outlawed, the Dalits continue to suffer socially, politically, economically and culturally. Cornel West And Suraj Yengde, The Root, "A Shared History of Struggle Should Unite India’s Dalits and African Americans in the Fight for Equality," 12 June 2017

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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 23 Sep. 2020.

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