- that may not be touched; of a nature such that it cannot be touched; not palpable; intangible.
- too distant to be touched.
- vile or loathsome to the touch.
- beyond criticism, control, or suspicion: Modern writers consider no subject untouchable.
- Hinduism. the former name given to a member of a lower caste in India whose touch was believed to defile a high-caste Hindu; Harijan.Compare scheduled caste.
- a person who is beyond reproach as to honesty, diligence, etc.
- a person disregarded or shunned by society or a particular group; social outcast: political untouchables.
- a person or thing considered inviolable or beyond criticism: such untouchables as Social Security in the federal budget.
Origin of untouchable
Related Words for untouchableinvulnerable, imperceptible, sacrosanct, intangible, forbidden, impalpable, inviolable
Examples from the Web for untouchable
Contemporary Examples of untouchable
Beyoncé has, for close to a decade now, been a deity in entertainment: untouchable, successful, divine.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
“Most of them have fathers who are untouchable,” Sara, an IT consultant in Tehran, told the Times.The Blinged-Up Rich Kids of Tehran on Instagram
October 7, 2014
Blackwater operated during the Iraq war with a sense that they were untouchable because—well, because they were.Blackwater: Murder Threats Were Just The Start
June 30, 2014
That is a testament to how untouchable the scandal is—at least for Clinton.Stop Slut-Shaming Monica Lewinsky!
May 7, 2014
Meanwhile Kerrigan was untouchable—her refusal to address the controversy further served to highlight her ladylike demeanor.ESPN’s ‘The Price of Gold’ Revisits the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal
January 15, 2014
Historical Examples of untouchable
That you have graciously touched this untouchable Shudra is the proof of your mercy and that of Srvabhauma.Chaitanya's Life And Teachings
Krishna das Kaviraja
The Siamese describe the soul as consisting of some strange matter, invisible and untouchable.The Ghost World
T. F. Thiselton (Thomas Firminger Thiselton) Dyer
I may have forgotten to tell you that nearly all of her funds are in untouchable trusts—not in bonds.High Man
The devil's club of Alaska is untouchable, it is so encased in a spiny armor; but what purpose the armor serves is a mystery.Under the Maples
Even to Captain Renfrew black men were dehumanized,—shrouded, untouchable creatures.Birthright
- lying beyond reach
- above reproach, suspicion, or impeachment
- unable to be touched
- taboo a former name for Dalit
Word Origin and History for untouchable
1560s, "immaterial," from un- (1) "not" + touchable (see touch (v.)). Meaning "that legally cannot be interfered with" is recorded from 1734. Meaning "too loathsome or defiling to be touched" is recorded from 1873. The noun, in reference to a hereditary low caste of India, is attested from 1909; the term and the restrictions were made illegal in India in 1947.