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[uhn-tuhch-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌʌn tʌtʃ əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, Hinduism.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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
  • 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

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