pariah

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pariah a person who is rejected (from society or home)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pariah An outcast; one despised by society.
    • Pariah One of an aboriginal people of Southern India, regarded by the four castes of the Hindus as of very low grade. They are usually the serfs of the Sudra agriculturalists. See Caste.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pariah A member of a low caste of Hindus in southern India, lower than the regular castes of the Brah-manical system, by whom they are shunned as unclean, yet superior to some other castes in the Tamil country, where they constitute a considerable part of the population. The Pariahs are commonly employed as laborers by the agricultural class, or as servants to Europeans.
    • n pariah [lowercase] A member of any similarly degraded class; one generally despised; an outcast from society; a vagabond.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pariah pār′i-a a member of a caste in southern India, lower than the four Brahminical castes: one who has lost his caste: an outcast.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Tamil paraiyan, pl. paraiyar, one of the low caste, fr. parai, a large drum, because they beat the drums at certain festivals
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Tamil.

Usage

In literature:

It was as though an elephant had been worried by a pariah cur.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
The outcast Pariah is not to be outdone in this matter; and so we have Pariahs and Pariahs.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
Francois le Champi is a pariah, an outcast in the estimation of the rustic world.
"Famous Women: George Sand" by Bertha Thomas
A pariah dog ate the bread I soaked in it, and died before he could yelp.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
Henceforth, among decent men, he was an outcast; a pariah.
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young
Just so with the Pariah's soul.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
Dara was a planet of pariahs, excluded from the human race by those who had been conditioned to fear them.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
We are not trying to be avenged upon the world because we have been pariahs.
"Lords of the Stratosphere" by Arthur J. Burks
Were they really pariahs among their kind?
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
Both of them will be Pariahs from the caste of hard propriety, while the world lives or they exist.
"Shoulder-Straps" by Henry Morford
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In poetry:

The primal mark is on her face,
The chattel-stamp,the pariah-stain
That follows still her hunted race,­
The curse without the crime of Cain.
"Avis" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
O harp and altar, of the fury fused,
(How could mere toil align thy choiring strings!)
Terrific threshold of the prophet's pledge,
Prayer of pariah, and the lover's cry,—
"To Brooklyn Bridge" by Harold Hart Crane

In news:

' Pariah ' review: Heartfelt drama a promising debut for director Dee Rees.
It's pronounced A-lee-kay, but the name of the main character in the stirring indie drama " Pariah " is spelled "Alike".
'Special 1 TV' - ' Pariah '.
' Pariah ' shows the struggles of a teen with her sense of identity in a moving and soulful way.
Drawing from personal experiences, Dee Rees directs Pariah , the critically-acclaimed coming of age story of.
For a quarter century he was the William Morris Agency of global pariahs , and with clients like these you never had to say "Break a leg".
" Pariah " and the Untold Stories in Black Cinema.
Adepero Oduye stars as Alike in ' Pariah ,' this week's Platinum Pick.
Pariah stars Aasha Davis, left, and Adepero Oduye.
There's not really any reason to write about Pariah on a Wired blog.
' Pariah ' a good first effort.
In this film image released by Focus Features, Kim Wayans, left, and Adepero Oduye are shown in a scene from " Pariah ".
Gary Thomas Pariah 's Dance Winter & Winter.
You'll embrace ' Pariah .
Wall Street Pariah Catches a Break.
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In science:

As a pariah, J3 is not obviously on view elsewhere, and as proved by Griess is not involved in F1 .
Automorphism groups of sporadic groups
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