A pariah is someone that has been soundly rejected by their community. Your constant gossiping might make you a pariah on campus.

Pariah takes its name from a tribe in Southeast India. The pariahs were drummers, sorcerers, and servants who became untouchables in Indian society because of the unsanitary jobs they did. Pariah maintains this sense of untouchableness. Pariahs are not just unliked, they are avoided at all costs. Imagine how a once popular restaurant could gain pariah status if it fails health inspections three times in a row.

Definitions of pariah

n a person who is rejected (from society or home)

Ishmael, castaway, outcast
heretic, misbeliever, religious outcast
a person who holds religious beliefs in conflict with the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church
a pariah who is avoided by others
Harijan, untouchable
belongs to lowest social and ritual class in India
Type of:
unfortunate, unfortunate person
a person who suffers misfortune

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