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untouchable

adjective un·touch·able \ ˌən-ˈtə-chə-bəl \

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


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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

Recent Examples of untouchable from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'untouchable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of untouchable

1909


UNTOUCHABLE Defined for English Language Learners

untouchable

adjective

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

noun

Definition of untouchable for English Language Learners

  • : a member of the lowest social class in India



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