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Harijan

[ har-i-jan ]
/ ˈhær ɪˌdʒæn /
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noun, plural Har·i·jans, (especially collectively) Har·i·jan.
Disparaging and Offensive. (in India) a member of a group formerly known as the untouchables: Harijan is a term used by Mohandas K. Gandhi but now considered condescending.
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Sometimes harijan .

Origin of Harijan

First recorded in 1930–35; from Neo-Sanskrit harijana “person of Hari” (a name for Vishnu), hence, in Gandhi's conception, a child of God
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British Dictionary definitions for Harijan

Harijan
/ (ˈhʌrɪdʒən) /

noun
a member of certain classes in India, formerly considered inferior and untouchableSee scheduled castes

Word Origin for Harijan

Hindi, literally: man of God (so called by Mahatma Gandhi), from Hari god + jan man
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