I. adjective Date: 1607 1. a. forbidden to the touch ; not to be handled b. exempt from criticism or control 2. lying beyond reach 3. disagreeable or defiling to the touch II. noun Date: 1909 one that is untouchable; specifically a member of a large formerly segregated hereditary group in India having in traditional Hindu belief the quality of defiling by contact a member of a higher caste

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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