pariah

pariah
\ \ [17] Now a general term for an ‘outcast’, pariah came into English from the caste system of southern India. It originally denoted a member of the largest of the lower castes, which was named in Tamil paraiyan. This meant literally ‘drummer’ (it was a derivative of parailarge festival drum’), a reference to the hereditary role of the paraiyar (plural) as drummers in festival parades.

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