Dalit definition

dälĭt
A member of the lowest class in traditional Indian society, falling altogether outside the Hindu caste categories and subject to extensive social restrictions.
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A member of the Scheduled Castes.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dalit
Plural:
dalits

Origin of dalit

  • Hindi dalit crushed, oppressed from Sanskrit dalita- past passive participle of dalayati to cause to burst variant of darayati he splits derived form (probably a denominative of -daraḥ smasher) (as in puraṃdaraḥ citadel-smasher, an epithet of Indra) of darati he splits der- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition