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untouchable adj
1 beyond the reach of criticism or attack or impeachment; "for the first time criticism was directed at a hitherto untouchable target"- Newsweek
2 impossible to assail [syn: unassailable]
3 forbidden to the touch; "in most museums such articles are untouchable"
4 defiling to the touch; especially used in traditional Hindu belief of the lowest caste or castes
5 not capable of being obtained; "a rare work, today almost inaccessible"; "timber is virtually unobtainable in the islands"; "untouchable resources buried deep within the earth" [syn: inaccessible, unobtainable, unprocurable] n : belongs to lowest social and ritual class in India [syn: Harijan]

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English

Etymology

un- + touch + -able

Adjective

  1. Not able to be touched.

Translations

Noun

  1. A criminal so adept, they cannot be arrested (effective bribes securely in place.)
  2. A pariah.
  3. (Dated) In the Indian caste system, a member of the lowest caste.

Extensive Definition

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See also

untouchable in Spanish: Intocables (desambiguación)
untouchable in French: Intouchable
untouchable in Malayalam: തൊട്ടുകൂടായ്മ
untouchable in Japanese: アンタッチャブル
untouchable in Serbo-Croatian: The Untouchables (razvrstavanje)

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