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What Is The Origin Of The Word "Pariah"?
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?
Origin of pariah
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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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- pariahdom (noun)
- pariahism (noun)
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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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How to use pariah in a sentence
Suddenly she was no longer an untouchable, Western-backed political celebrity but a global pariah.The World Has Failed Myanmar, So Now Its Youth Are Stepping Up|Brian Wong|March 5, 2021|Time
The plot, which saw Khashoggi lured to his death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, turned MBS from a figure many hoped would modernize Saudi Arabia into an international pariah.Here's Why the U.S. Didn't Sanction Mohammed bin Salman for His Role in the Jamal Khashoggi Killing|W.J. Hennigan|March 4, 2021|Time
A protest movement kicked Sudan’s Islamist leaders out of power last year, ushering in a new military-led government that wants to end its global pariah status.The US just brokered another peace deal for Israel, this time with Sudan|Alex Ward|October 23, 2020|Vox
We have already entered the realm of becoming a pariah nation, and I think that will become a bigger issue under a second term.Elijah Cummings has a message for voters ‘from beyond the grave’|Nicole Goodkind|October 21, 2020|Fortune
By late summer, Italy was being lauded by the international public health community and by the press, including the New York Times, saying the country had “gone from global pariah to a model.”As COVID cases spike in Europe, Italy stands out—but this time for doing things right|Bernhard Warner|October 15, 2020|Fortune
He nonetheless found himself something of a pariah, and when he was unable to find a job, he sold fish in the street.
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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
A roar came from the populace; an elephant trumpeted; the pariah dogs barked.The Adventures of Kathlyn|Harold MacGrath
Then the pariah realises that she is thrust beyond the pale of human purity.A German Pompadour|Marie Hay
He was a pariah, a leper, and so must continue—a thing to be shunned.The Varmint|Owen Johnson
He considered that he was a natural pariah; that the unpopularity at school would follow him through life.Flappers and Philosophers|F. Scott Fitzgerald
The human order hostile, he quickly loses his self-respect and drops to the pariah class.Greyfriars Bobby|Eleanor Atkinson