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untouchability

[uhn-tuhch-uh-bil-i-tee] /ˌʌn tʌtʃ əˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, Hinduism.
1.
the quality or condition of being an untouchable, ascribed in the Vedic tradition to persons of low caste or to persons excluded from the caste system.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; untouch(able) + -ability
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  • Paralleling the untouchability of teaching tools is the impenetrability of modern junk.
  • untouchability has been found prevailing more in rural areas than in urban ones.

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