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The words "individualist" and "maverick" are listed as synonyms for the word PARIAH. This is simply incorrect. One is intentional, I don't believe 'pariah' would imply a conscious, intentional public personnae. The label of PARIAH carries with it a perception of a messenger, a contagious carrier of great misfortune. The Pariah is avoided, feared. I don't see 'individualists" or 'mavericks' as synonomous at all.
- No, there is no list of synonyms given for pariah. What you found was a collection of terms in Wikisaurus meaning "person excluded from society". Wikisaurus treats general classes of words, and does not assign precise synonymy. --EncycloPetey 22:13, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
- In Wikisaurus:outcast, "individualist" and "maverick" are listed in the section "Various" rather than "Synonyms", meaning their meaning differs substantially from "outcast", yet shares in some of the semantic features of "outcast". It is the title of the heading "Various" that indicates that the semantic relation is not synonymy. The purpose of the section "Various", in this case, is to ease finding entries that a person could want to find when thinking of "outcast", especially when the person looks for a word for a meaning that is actually different from "outcast". --Dan Polansky 14:47, 27 November 2009 (UTC)