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[ver-boht-n; German fer-boht-n] /vərˈboʊt n; German fɛrˈboʊt n/
forbidden, as by law; prohibited.
Origin of verboten
1910-15; < German: past participle of verbieten to forbid Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then, with gestures which could not be mistaken he repeated gruffly, “verboten.”

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • "But to eat before mess, it is verboten," declared the guide.

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    G. Harvey Ralphson
  • It is verboten for the German people to speak to them, so of course they do not do it.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley
  • It is verboten to throw rubbish on the side walks and streets.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley
  • It is verboten for children and nurse girls to occupy all the benches in the parks.

    Germany in War Time

    Mary Ethel McAuley
British Dictionary definitions for verboten


forbidden; prohibited
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for verboten

German, literally "forbidden" (see forbid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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