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A member of the lowest class in traditional Indian society, falling altogether outside the Hindu caste categories and subject to extensive social restrictions.

[Hindi dalit, crushed, oppressed, from Sanskrit dalita-, past passive participle of dalayati, to cause to burst, variant of darayati, he splits, derived form (probably a denominative of -daraḥ, smasher, as in puraṃdaraḥ, citadel-smasher, an epithet of Indra) of darati, he splits; see der- in Indo-European roots.]

Da′lit adj.


(Hinduism) a member of the lowest class in India, whom those of the four main castes were formerly forbidden to touch. Formerly called (offensive): untouchable
[from Hindi, from Sanskrit dalita, literally: oppressed]
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[ClickPress, Thu Sep 06 2018] The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting's circular to television news channels to refrain from using the term 'Dalit' and use the term 'Scheduled Caste' instead, will impede the Dalit rights movement from asserting itself against caste-based oppression, Amnesty International India said today.
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The Dalit is still the victim of ineffable upper caste monstrosity.
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