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Powell: 'Trump Is a National Disgrace and an International Pariah'

Lookups spiked after the release of leaked emails in which Powell called Trump a 'pariah'

Lookups for the words pariah and hubris spiked after the release of leaked emails belonging to former Secretary of State Colin Powell. In the emails, Powell wrote “Trump is a national disgrace and an international pariah.”

Pariah means "one that is despised or rejected" or "outcast."

It comes from the word for "drummer" in the Tamil language of southern India, where some tribal drummers and servants were regarded as social outcasts.

In the same release of emails, Powell also criticized Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server, writing, “Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris.”

Hubris means “exaggerated pride or self-confidence” and was borrowed from Greek.

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