Definition of pariah in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈrīə/ /pəˈraɪə/

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  • 1An outcast.

    ‘they were treated as social pariahs’
    • ‘They have since been treated as the pariahs of the political establishment.’
    • ‘Now, six decades later, smokers have become the social pariahs: excluded, if not frowned upon, by contemporary behavioral codes and even municipal law.’
    • ‘Traveling alone (especially for women) is seen as sad and desperate, a cardinal sin, reserved for those social pariahs who talk to their cats.’
    • ‘So everyone - or nearly everyone - makes sure to bring someone along as a security blanket, so they don't look like social pariahs.’
    • ‘Billboards are also telling people to give up now before they become social pariahs on March 29, the day the prohibition comes into effect.’
    • ‘Advocates are most unlikely to tell the public who will be worse off, except when they are trying to make political pariahs of the sufferers.’
    • ‘Irish smokers now have until April, it is thought, to kick the habit or be forced to become social pariahs when they want to light up.’
    • ‘Australians do not, I am sure, actively desire to be international pariahs.’
    • ‘That's a pretty large segment of the population to reduce to the status of political pariahs.’
    • ‘He was a pariah in the international community.’
    • ‘Such extreme views, however, have not made him a social pariah.’
    • ‘By today's standards, the Roman Empire would be an international pariah.’
    • ‘So now I'm not only a big fatty, I'm also a social pariah, am I?’
    • ‘There's no end to the advantages of being an international pariah.’
    • ‘Spring allergies will be mistaken for deathly disease and your runny nose will make you a social pariah.’
    • ‘Racist jokes that would make one a social pariah in the United States are told boldly on television.’
    • ‘Eventually, she turned her back on society, becoming the social pariah that she is now.’
    • ‘The regime should be treated as a pariah, not just as a hostile but recognizable political competitor.’
    • ‘A few dozen of these political pariahs found employment, mostly in second-rate TV offerings where they were less likely to be spotted either by appearance or writing style.’
    • ‘In the past, smoking was fashionable and a status symbol, but today smokers are the social pariahs in many environments, particularly from increasing numbers of non-smokers.’
    outcast, persona non grata, leper, reject, untouchable, undesirable
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  • 2historical A member of a low caste in southern India.


Early 17th century from Tamil paṛaiyar, plural of paṛaiyan ‘(hereditary) drummer’, from paṛai ‘a drum’.