- an outcast.
- any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided.
- (initial capital letter) a member of a low caste in southern India and Burma.
Origin of pariah
Examples from the Web for pariah
He nonetheless found himself something of a pariah, and when he was unable to find a job, he sold fish in the street.ISIS Has a Bigger Coalition Than We Do
October 15, 2014
He, too, is a pariah in Pakistan, rarely acknowledged and never claimed as the “pride” of the nation.Why So Many Pakistanis Hate Their Nobel Peace Prize Winner
October 10, 2014
Certainly the bitcoin community continues to treat Karpeles as a pariah.Vilified Bitcoin Tycoon After Losing $500 Million: My Life Is at Risk
September 17, 2014
If passed, the draft legislation would essentially make Moscow a pariah economy.NATO Plans New Military Outposts to Stop Putin—Just Don't Call Them Bases
September 3, 2014
President Obama is reportedly set on making Russia “a pariah state.”Putin Vs. Obama—In Spandex: Wrestling’s New Cold War
May 14, 2014
An Artaud, their ancestor, had come hither and settled like a pariah in this waste.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Him did that Pariah's soul attract from heaven even to earth to save it.Things as They Are
No; he must himself warn Dom Diego that he was a leper—a pariah.Dreamers of the Ghetto
To be the Pariah of such a society was indeed a most distinctive infamy.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
The barriers passed, your pariah gentleman can be the completest blackguard of them all.The Yellow Claw
- a social outcast
- (formerly) a member of a low caste in South India
Word Origin and History for pariah
1610s, from Portuguese paria or directly from Tamil paraiyar, plural of paraiyan "drummer" (at festivals, the hereditary duty of members of the largest of the lower castes of southern India), from parai "large festival drum." "Especially numerous at Madras, where its members supplied most of the domestics in European service" [OED]. Applied by Hindus and Europeans to any members of low Hindu castes and even to outcastes. Extended meaning "social outcast" is first attested 1819.