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There's nothing worse than being a social pariah—in other words, "an outcast," someone banished to the fringes of the cafeteria with no one to sit with. But, did this word always have a negative meaning?
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Origin of pariah
OTHER WORDS FROM pariahpa·ri·ah·dom, nounpa·ri·ah·ism, noun
Words nearby pariah
What does pariah mean?
A pariah is an outcast or someone who’s despised and avoided.
Pariah is often used to refer to a person who is widely shunned for some offense they have committed. It is often used in the phrase social pariah and in the context of politics.
Example: Although the defendant was found not guilty, he was still treated like a pariah in his hometown, with formerly close friends now refusing to talk to him.
Where does pariah come from?
The first records of pariah in English come from the early 1600s. It comes from paṟaiyan, a word that means “drummer” in Tamil (one of the many Indian languages spoken across the country). The Paraiyans were members of a group considered very low in the Indian caste system. They served as ceremonial drummers and later as laborers. Eventually, pariah started to be used in English more generally to refer to the members of any caste offensively labeled untouchables. By the 1800s, it had come to refer to any person shunned by society—an “outcast.”
Today, a pariah is someone who is treated as an outcast, especially after having been formerly in a position of favor—they have been cast out of their group. Usually this is because they have done something viewed as unacceptable, such as committing a crime, but this is not always the case. Some people are unfairly treated as pariahs because other people are uncomfortable around them for some reason, such as an illness. Still, pariahs are always the subject of avoidance. A social pariah is someone who is now avoided by everyone, especially their peers, perhaps because of a betrayal or an unpopular opinion or belief. In politics, a politician might be labeled as a pariah if their former allies distance themselves from them to avoid association with some scandal.
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What are some other forms related to pariah?
- pariahdom (noun)
- pariahism (noun)
What are some synonyms for pariah?
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How is pariah used in real life?
Pariah is often used to refer to someone who was once popular and is now avoided, perhaps even despised.
I hope y’all are remembering to invite grief stricken friends to do friend things still. Even if they cancel last minute. There are a lot of “friends” I’ve heard little from since late November and many I haven’t seen. Don’t treat us like pariahs. We’re hurting. #grief
— Cindy Pika Chu (@iamcindychu) March 7, 2020
Me in my 20s: I might not come to your party, but I at least want to be invited.
Me in my 30s: Don't even ask me. Just let me be a social pariah in peace.
— Ramblin Mama (@ramblinma) September 4, 2018
This may make me a pariah, but I’m past caring, TBH.
While I might appreciate someone’s talents, I no longer consider myself a “fan” of anyone. There are more important and deserving people to spend my time and resources on, and that includes me.
Peace and love to all y’all. ❤️
— JeannieSays (@_JeannieSays_) October 5, 2019
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True or False?
A pariah has always done something to deserve such a status.
Example sentences from the Web for pariah
He nonetheless found himself something of a pariah, and when he was unable to find a job, he sold fish in the street.
He, too, is a pariah in Pakistan, rarely acknowledged and never claimed as the “pride” of the nation.Why So Many Pakistanis Hate Their Nobel Peace Prize Winner|Chris Allbritton|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Certainly the bitcoin community continues to treat Karpeles as a pariah.Vilified Bitcoin Tycoon After Losing $500 Million: My Life Is at Risk|Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If passed, the draft legislation would essentially make Moscow a pariah economy.NATO Plans New Military Outposts to Stop Putin—Just Don't Call Them Bases|Eli Lake|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
President Obama is reportedly set on making Russia “a pariah state.”Putin Vs. Obama—In Spandex: Wrestling’s New Cold War|Tim Teeman|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No; he must himself warn Dom Diego that he was a leper—a pariah.Dreamers of the Ghetto|I. Zangwill
Pariah dogs, nosing at the gutters and rubbish-heaps that scented the air, bolted out of the way of the horses' hoofs.The Jungle Girl|Gordon Casserly
A Hindu widow is thought much less of than a pariah dog; she is the most pitiable object on earth.Seven Legs Across the Seas|Samuel Murray
Some even wanted to sacrifice a slave boy, but were talked over to substitute some pariah dogs.Man, Past and Present|Agustus Henry Keane
If you run amok in Malaya, you may kill your enemy or your dearest friend, but you will be krissed in the end like a pariah dog.Tales of the Malayan Coast|Rounsevelle Wildman