Todays Word: “pariah”

Word: “pariah”

PRONUNCIATION:

(puh-RY-uh)

MEANING:

noun: An outcast.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Tamil paraiyar, plural of paraiyan (drummer), from parai (drum, to tell). Because the drum players were considered among the lowest in the former caste system of India, the word took on the general meaning of an outcast. Earliest documented use: 1613.

USAGE:

“Gaddafi’s rule has seen him go from revolutionary hero to international pariah, to valued strategic partner, and back to pariah again.”
Martin Asser; The Muammar Gaddafi Story; BBC News (London, UK); Mar 25, 2011.

“Sugar has replaced fat as our society’s food pariah.”
Randy Shore; Sugar: The New Pariah; Vancouver Sun (Canada); Mar 12, 2011.

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