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UNTOUCHABLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does untouchable mean? 

UNTOUCHABLE (noun)
  The noun UNTOUCHABLE has 1 sense:

1. belongs to lowest social and ritual class in India

  Familiarity information: UNTOUCHABLE used as a noun is very rare.


UNTOUCHABLE (adjective)
  The adjective UNTOUCHABLE has 5 senses:

1. beyond the reach of criticism or attack or impeachment
2. impossible to assail
3. forbidden to the touch
4. defiling to the touch; especially used in traditional Hindu belief of the lowest caste or castes
5. not capable of being obtained

  Familiarity information: UNTOUCHABLE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNTOUCHABLE (noun)


Sense 1untouchable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Belongs to lowest social and ritual class in India

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Harijan; untouchable

Hypernyms ("untouchable" is a kind of...):

castaway; Ishmael; outcast; pariah (a person who is rejected (from society or home))


UNTOUCHABLE (adjective)


Sense 1untouchable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Beyond the reach of criticism or attack or impeachment

Context example:

for the first time criticism was directed at a hitherto untouchable target

Similar:

invulnerable (immune to attack; impregnable)


Sense 2untouchable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impossible to assail

Synonyms:

unassailable; untouchable

Similar:

inviolable (incapable of being transgressed or dishonored)


Sense 3untouchable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Forbidden to the touch

Context example:

in most museums such articles are untouchable

Similar:

impermissible (not permitted)


Sense 4untouchable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Defiling to the touch; especially used in traditional Hindu belief of the lowest caste or castes

Similar:

impure; unclean (ritually unclean or impure)


Sense 5untouchable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not capable of being obtained

Synonyms:

unobtainable; unprocurable; inaccessible; untouchable

Context examples:

a rare work, today almost inaccessible / timber is virtually unobtainable in the islands / untouchable resources buried deep within the earth

Similar:

unavailable (not available or accessible or at hand)


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