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n. pl. Harijan or Har·i·jans
A Dalit.

[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.]


(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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Noun1.Harijan - belongs to lowest social and ritual class in India
castaway, outcast, pariah, Ishmael - a person who is rejected (from society or home)
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Harijan is a euphemism for the low castes and untouchables and means people of god.
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This man raped a girl, a Harijan, from his own village.
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