Untouchable

Posted: June 18, 2013 in Contradictory meanings
The word “untouchable” has wholly two contradictory meanings: as an adjective, it means “exempt from criticism, unparallelled.”. But it also means “loathsome or unpleasant to the touch”. As a noun, it refers to a member of the class that is excluded from and considered unclean and defiling by the four Hindu castes.

So, without a context, “untouchable” could be misunderstood, especially in the following types of statements:

1. He is really untouchable.
2. He is considered an untouchable in our office.
3. We have a number of untouchable employees.

Source: Standard English dictionaries.

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