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Definition: someone who has been outcast from society and is avoided by people

Synonyms: outcast, vagrant, abomination, derelict, renegade, undesirable, castoff, reject

Antonyms: insider

Tips: In India and Myanmar, a pariah is a member of a caste that is lower than the four main Hindu castes. A pariah usually does domestic or agricultural work. Pariah has come to mean something more harsh and is used to describe an outcast or someone who is rejected and avoided by society. See anathema for more.

Usage Examples:

The governor became a pariah after he proposed yet another tax increase, and people couldn't wait to oust him from office. (outcast)

Her constant lying caused her to become a pariah among her peers. (outcast, undesirable)

Due to a medical condition that caused horrible body odor, she was a social pariah. (outcast)

The cheerleader felt like a pariah when all the girls on the squad turned on her for falling during their routine. (abomination, outcast)

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