1. a member of the lowest class in India, whom those of the four main castes were formerly forbidden to touchFormerly called: offensive untouchable

Word Origin for Dalit

from Hindi, from Sanskrit dalita, literally: oppressed
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Examples from the Web for dalit

Contemporary Examples of dalit

  • Last year Namita programmed a whole raft of Dalit or “untouchable” writers from across India.

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    A Passage to Literature!

    William Dalrymple

    January 19, 2011

  • Months in, I spent time with a woman who was a dalit, an outcast.

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    My Own Private Bollywood

    Katherine Russell Rich

    July 7, 2009