- to shut out or exclude from a place or condition: to debar all those who are not members.
- to hinder or prevent; prohibit: to debar an action.
Origin of debar
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Antonyms for debar
Related Words for debarhinder, prevent, deny, suspend, forbid, preclude, blackball, refuse, deprive, reject, exclude
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Historical Examples of debar
What has she done to debar her from fulfilling the mission which is appointed for every woman?The Hound From The North
DeBar came toward him with the hot bird on the end of his stick.
It was yet too dark for them to see distinctly, and DeBar struck a match.
Inhuman monster, said she; would he debar me of the only satisfaction I have?Memoirs of Miss Sidney Biddulph
Now, you saw Debar with his wife in Memphis, and mistook him for me.The White Rose of Memphis
William C. Falkner
- (tr usually foll by from) to exclude from a place, a right, etc; bar
early 15c., "to shut out, exclude," from French débarrer, from Old French desbarer (12c., which, however, meant only "to unbar, unbolt," the meaning turned around in French as the de- was felt in a different sense), from des- (see dis-) + barrer "to bar" (see bar (n.1)). Related: Debarment; debarred.