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Meaning of untouchable

un•touch•a•ble

Pronunciation: (un-tuch'u-bul), [key]
— adj.
  1. that may not be touched; of a nature such that it cannot be touched; not palpable; intangible.
  2. too distant to be touched.
  3. vile or loathsome to the touch.
  4. beyond criticism, control, or suspicion: Modern writers consider no subject untouchable.
—n.
  1. a member of a lower caste in India whose touch is believed to defile a high-caste Hindu; Harijan.
  2. a person who is beyond reproach as to honesty, diligence, etc.
  3. a person disregarded or shunned by society or a particular group; social outcast: political untouchables.
  4. a person or thing considered inviolable or beyond criticism: such untouchables as Social Security in the federal budget.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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