From Tamil paraiyar. Parai refers in Tamil to a type of large drum designed to announce king's notices to the public. The people who made a living using the parai were called paraiyar; in the caste ridden society they were in lower strata, hence the derisive paraiah and pariah. Now, the term is used to describe an outcast in English.
- An outcast
- A demographic group, species, or community that is generally despised.
- Someone in exile
1842 -- w:William Makepeace Thackeray|William Makepeace Thackeray, The Fitz-Boodle Papers (Fitz-Boodle's Confessions, preface 1)
:What is this smoking that it should be considered a crime? I believe in my heart that women are jealous of it, as of a rival. They speak of it as of some secret, awful vice that seizes upon a man, and makes him a pariah from genteel society.
1985 â w:Robert Holmes|Robert Holmes, The Two Doctors, p 14
:'I'm a pariah, outlawed from Time Lord society.'
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