untouchable

[ uhn-tuhch-uh-buh l ]
/ ʌnˈtʌtʃ ə bəl /

adjective

noun

Origin of untouchable

First recorded in 1560–70; un-1 + touchable
Related formsun·touch·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for untouchable

untouchable

/ (ʌnˈtʌtʃəbəl) /

adjective

lying beyond reach
above reproach, suspicion, or impeachment
unable to be touched

noun

taboo a former name for Dalit
Derived Formsuntouchability, noun

usage

In relation to the caste system, the term untouchable is banned in both the Indian and Pakistani constitutions
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Word Origin and History for untouchable

untouchable


adj.

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.

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