What Does Pariah Mean?


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A pariah is a person who is ostracised or rejected from home or society. The term pariah originated in India in accordance with the "pariah caste." This caste was deemed to be the lowest caste or class in India. The word is used across different parts of the world to signify an "outcast or an untouchable." In US people with low social class or low financial status are also called as "pariahs."

Mark Twain has made use of the word in his story "Huckleberry Finn": Shortly Tom came upon the juvenile pariah of the village, Huckleberry Finn, son of the town drunkard" The word "pariah" is offencive and is not recommended to be used. The word "pariah" was first used in popular English literature sometime before 1830.

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