- grim; unfriendly; hostile; sinister: his forbidding countenance.
- dangerous; threatening: forbidding clouds; forbidding cliffs.
Origin of forbidding
- to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or not to enter some place: to forbid him entry to the house.
- to prohibit (something); make a rule or law against: to forbid the use of lipstick; to forbid smoking.
- to hinder or prevent; make impossible.
- to exclude; bar: Burlesque is forbidden in many cities.
Origin of forbid
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Examples from the Web for forbidding
Graterford is a forbidding, shabby, woebegone facility built in 1929.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
As forbidding as this terrain is, there is another force at work on the ocean surface – the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.MH370 Debris Is Lost Forever, Can the Plane Be Found Without It?
September 7, 2014
“Mujahid pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Islamic State commanding good and forbidding evil,” it reads.The Mystery of Donald Ray Morgan, the 44-Year-Old American Who Loved ISIS
August 12, 2014
The guidelines go further in forbidding the mere consideration of any significant political action against Israel.How Hillel Is Losing Touch With the People It Purports to Embrace
Israeli Opposition Network
December 16, 2013
And this peculiar Camelot is set down in a vast natural desert, forbidding, unknowable.‘Drive’ Author James Sallis on His Sequel, ‘Driven’
April 4, 2012
He brought his huge fist down on the desk with violence, and his voice was forbidding.Within the Law
His martyrdom was continued by forbidding him all access to the healing waters.The Secret Agent
Magua shook his head, forbidding the repetition of offers he so much despised.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
What I now wish to know is, what were your reasons for forbidding the payment of interest?Freeland
The temperature was deadly cold; the dull houses were rime-covered and forbidding.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- hostile or unfriendly
- dangerous or ominous
- to prohibit (a person) in a forceful or authoritative manner (from doing something or having something)
- to make impossible; hinder
- to shut out or exclude
- God forbid! may it not happen
Word Origin and History for forbidding
"uninviting," 1712, present participle adjective from forbid. Related: Forbiddingly; forbiddingness.
Idioms and Phrases with forbidding
see god forbid.