un·​touch·​abil·​i·​ty ˌən-ˌtə-chə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce untouchability (audio)
: 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 More than a century later, the battle inspired the author of India's Constitution, B.R. Ambedkar, on his crusade to abolish untouchability and to write affirmative action into Indian law. Lauren Frayer, NPR, 2 June 2024 This was astonishing—a sign of Lamar’s untouchability, and of growing pains for a rebellious genre that has become an institution. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 10 Apr. 2024 Maybe not even Serbian untouchability. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 The Indian Constitution of 1950 had officially abolished untouchability, declared caste discrimination a crime, and created affirmative-action quotas for Dalits and indigenous tribes—in part because a formidable Dalit thinker and leader, B. R. Ambedkar, had played a crucial role in writing it. Sunil Khilnani, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2020 During the show, Mr. Sarkar talks about how untouchability was normalized in his home village. Qadri Inzamam, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Oct. 2022 As a newly independent nation, India adopted a constitution in 1950 abolishing untouchability, but caste discrimination remained entrenched in society. Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2022 But after the first phase of the primary season concluded on Tuesday, a month in which a quarter of America’s states cast their ballots, the verdict has been clear: Mr. Trump’s aura of untouchability in Republican politics has been punctured. New York Times, 28 May 2022 Dalit soldiers fighting for the British played a major role in the victory — which came to symbolize the Dalit community’s fight against untouchability. Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of untouchability was in 1919

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“Untouchability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untouchability. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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