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un·touch·a·ble

 (ŭn-tŭch′ə-bəl)
adj.
1.
a. Not permitted to be touched: an untouchable idol.
b. Not capable of being touched or reached: an untouchable tennis serve.
2.
a. Not permitted to be discussed: an untouchable subject.
b. Not subject or susceptible to criticism, rebuke, or attack: an appointee who was untouchable because of his political connections.
c. Not capable of being affected, especially adversely: bacteria that are untouchable by an antibiotic.
d. Not permitted to be altered: an untouchable religious text.
e. Not capable of being rivaled or surpassed: an untouchable skier.
f. Baseball Not giving up any hits. Used of a pitcher.
3. Often Offensive Relating to or being the Dalit class in traditional Indian society.
n. often Untouchable
Often Offensive A Dalit.

un·touch′a·bil′i·ty n.
un·touch′a·bly adv.

untouchable

(ʌnˈtʌtʃəbəl)
adj
1. lying beyond reach
2. above reproach, suspicion, or impeachment
3. unable to be touched
n
(Hinduism) taboo a former name for Dalit
unˌtouchaˈbility n
Usage: In relation to the caste system, the term untouchable is banned in both the Indian and Pakistani constitutions

un•touch•a•ble

(ʌnˈtʌtʃ ə bəl)

adj.
1. that may not be touched; not palpable; intangible.
2. too distant to be touched.
3. vile or loathsome to the touch.
4. beyond criticism, control, or suspicion.
n.
5. a member of a lower caste in India whose touch was formerly believed to defile a high-caste Hindu.
6. a person disregarded or shunned by society or a particular group; social outcast.
7. a person or thing considered inviolable or beyond criticism.
[1560–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.untouchable - belongs to lowest social and ritual class in India
castaway, outcast, pariah, Ishmael - a person who is rejected (from society or home)
Adj.1.untouchable - beyond the reach of criticism or attack or impeachmentuntouchable - beyond the reach of criticism or attack or impeachment; "for the first time criticism was directed at a hitherto untouchable target"- Newsweek
invulnerable - immune to attack; impregnable; "gunners raked the beach from invulnerable positions on the cliffs"
2.untouchable - impossible to assailuntouchable - impossible to assail      
inviolable - incapable of being transgressed or dishonored; "the person of the king is inviolable"; "an inviolable oath"
3.untouchable - forbidden to the touchuntouchable - forbidden to the touch; "in most museums such articles are untouchable"
impermissible - not permitted; "impermissible behavior"
4.untouchable - ( especially used in traditional Hindu belief of the lowest caste or castes) defiling
unclean, impure - having a physical or moral blemish so as to make impure according to dietary or ceremonial laws; "unclean meat"; "and the swine...is unclean to you"-Leviticus 11:3
5.untouchable - not capable of being obtaineduntouchable - not capable of being obtained; "a rare work, today almost inaccessible"; "timber is virtually unobtainable in the islands"; "untouchable resources buried deep within the earth"
unavailable - not available or accessible or at hand; "fresh milk was unavailable during the emergency"; "his secretary said he was unavailable for comment"
Translations

untouchable

[ʌnˈtʌtʃəbl]
A. ADJintocable
B. Nintocable mf

untouchable

[ʌnˈtʌtʃəbəl]
adj
(= unlikely to be punished) → intouchable
(= unbeatable) [sports player] → imbattable; [entertainer] → inégalable
n (in India)intouchable mf

untouchable

adj
(= immune) person, rightsunantastbar
(= supreme)unantastbar
nUnberührbare(r) mf

untouchable

[ʌnˈtʌtʃəbl]
1. n (in India) → paria m inv, intoccabile m/f
2. adjintoccabile
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