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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CASTE

They will form a caste—poor, stern to itself, and redoubtable.

The Vaisyas, who constitute the third caste, issued from Brahma's belly.

"We hear this is a religion which spoils our Caste," they say, and that is the end of it.

Can I live here and keep my Caste, and at the same time follow your God?

Then a Caste meeting was called to determine what could be done with this woman.

For example, take a kitchen and cooking, and see how Caste rules there.

It does not enter into the scheme of life as laid down by the rules of his Caste.

Or take the power of Caste in another direction—its callous cruelty.

But no, he might die away from home, and that would disgrace their Caste.

He said no one had been convicted, "the Caste had seen to that."

WORD ORIGIN

1550s, "a race of men," from Latin castus "chaste," from castus "cut off, separated; pure" (via notion of "cut off" from faults), past participle of carere "to be cut off from" (and related to castration), from PIE *kas-to-, from root *kes- "to cut" (cf. Latin cassus "empty, void"). Originally spelled cast in English and later often merged with cast (n.) in its secondary sense "sort, kind, style."

Application to Hindu social groups was picked up by English in India 1610s from Portuguese casta "breed, race, caste," earlier casta raça, "unmixed race," from the same Latin word. The current spelling of of the English word is from this reborrowing. Caste system is first recorded 1840.

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