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untouchable

adjective un·touch·able \ ˌən-ˈtə-chə-bəl \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of untouchable

1 a : forbidden to the touch : not to be handled
b : exempt from criticism or control
2 : lying beyond reach
3 : disagreeable or defiling to the touch

Examples of untouchable in a Sentence

  1. The mayor believed that he was untouchable and not subject to the same laws as the rest of us.

  2. The team's record was untouchable.

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First Known Use of untouchable

1607

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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untouchable

noun

Definition of untouchable

: one that is untouchable; specifically : a member of a large formerly segregated hereditary group in India having in traditional Hindu belief the quality of defiling by contact a member of a higher caste

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First Known Use of untouchable

1909

in the meaning defined above

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UNTOUCHABLE Defined for English Language Learners

untouchable

Definition of untouchable for English Language Learners

  • : too powerful or important to be punished, criticized, etc.

  • : too good to be equaled by anyone else


untouchable

Definition of untouchable for English Language Learners

  • : a member of the lowest social class in India



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