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untouchability

[uhn-tuhch-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌʌn tʌtʃ əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
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
1920-1925
First recorded in 1920-25; untouch(able) + -ability
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  • 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 Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • 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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