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Definition

A social outcast. Comes from the word Parai which in Tamil referred to a type of large drum designed to announce the 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 the lower strata, hence the derisive paraiah and pariah. Now the term is used to describe an outcast in English.

Usage

His repeated eve-teasing, dadagiri and loud Kussuu noises at dinner made him a pariah in his community.
Added 2012-07-26 by Dishoom Dishoom

Root

Tamil

Region

All India

Related Terms

Opariah Winfrey

Terms referencing this

*Phrage*