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n. pl. Harijan or Har·i·jans
[Sanskrit harijanaḥ, person of Hari, child of God (coined as a euphemism for Untouchable by Mohandas K. Gandhi in 1931) : Hariḥ, Hari, a name for Vishnu; see Hare Krishna + janaḥ, person, child; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Sociology) a member of certain classes in India, formerly considered inferior and untouchable. See scheduled castes
[Hindi, literally: man of God (so called by Mahatma Gandhi), from Hari god + jan man]
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