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pariah

noun [C]  /pəˈrɑɪ·ə/ us  
a person who is avoided or not accepted by a social group, esp. because he or she is not liked, respected, or trusted; an outcast : Because of its poor human rights record, the country was treated as a pariah by other nations.
Translations of “pariah”
in Spanish paria…
in French paria…
in German der/die Ausgestoßene…
in Chinese (Traditional) 為社會所拋棄者, 受蔑視的人, 不被信任者…
in Chinese (Simplified) 为社会所抛弃者, 受蔑视的人, 不被信任者…
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