C17: from Tamil paraiyan drummer, from parai drum; so called because members of the caste were the drummers at festivals
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Word forms: pariahs
If you describe someone as a pariah, you mean that other people dislike them so much that they refuse to associate with them. [disapproval] ⇒ His landlady had treated him like a dangerous criminal, a pariah.
Despite her bold public stand, Meredith was feeling the effects of being a social pariah.Salley Vickers MR GOLIGHTLY'S HOLIDAYHe was to be welcomed back as Chairman of the JointIntelligenceCommittee, not as a former outcast or pariah.Thomas, Craig THE LAST RAVENWhen I was younger, I resented it and felt hard done by -- a bit of a pariah in fact.various & introduction by Deirdre Chapman A ROOMFUL OF BIRDS - SCOTTISH SHORT STORIES 1990Between Detective Azzic and the press, I was becoming a pariah.Lisa Scottoline LEGAL TENDER