The Closing Word: Pariah

Image of Closing Word LogoThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (puh-RYE-uh)

a person who is rejected (from society or home)

From “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.”

“His tendency to violate non-disclosure agreements made him a pariah in the start-up community.”


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