untouchability

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Yet the series continued to air on Fox Nation, which further lent Carlson an air of untouchability inside Fox. Sarah Ellison, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Dec. 2021 Dalits, the lowest rung in India’s hierarchal caste system before untouchability was abolished in 1950, still face prejudice. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 10 Feb. 2022 Yet the series continued to air on Fox Nation, which further lent Carlson an air of untouchability inside Fox. Sarah Ellison, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Dec. 2021 Yet the series continued to air on Fox Nation, which further lent Carlson an air of untouchability inside Fox. Sarah Ellison, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of untouchability was in 1919

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Cite this Entry

“Untouchability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untouchability. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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