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untouchability

[uhn-tuhch-uh-bil-i-tee]
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noun Hinduism.
  1. the quality or condition of being an untouchable, ascribed in the Vedic tradition to persons of low caste or to persons excluded from the caste system.

Origin of untouchability

First recorded in 1920–25; untouch(able) + -ability
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Examples from the Web for untouchability

Historical Examples

  • Untouchability I hold is a custom, not an integral part of Hinduism.

    Freedom's Battle

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • Has not a just Nemesis overtaken us for the crime of untouchability?

    Freedom's Battle

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • We are leaving off drink, we are trying to rid India of the curse of untouchability.

    Freedom's Battle

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • They were another race entirely, and their status of untouchability was no mere prejudice.

  • The trouble will end only when the masses and classes of Hindus have rid themselves of the sin of untouchability.

    Freedom's Battle

    Mahatma Gandhi


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