- a past participle of forbid.
- not allowed; prohibited: a forbidden food in his religion.
- Physics. involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by the selection rules: forbidden transition.
- 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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1, 2. interdict. Forbid, inhibit, prohibit, taboo indicate a command to refrain from some action. Forbid, a common and familiar word, usually denotes a direct or personal command of this sort: I forbid you to go. It was useless to forbid children to play in the park. Inhibit implies a checking or hindering of impulses by the mind, sometimes involuntarily: to inhibit one's desires; His responsiveness was inhibited by extreme shyness. Prohibit, a formal or legal word, means usually to forbid by official edict, enactment, or the like: to prohibit the sale of liquor. Taboo, primarily associated with primitive superstition, means to prohibit by common disapproval and by social custom: to taboo a subject in polite conversation. 3. preclude, stop, obviate, deter.
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Examples from the Web for forbidden
It was forbidden to be eaten, and seen as having powers that beat back “demons and sorcerers” as well as “misfortune.”The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
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Like Lent, the season of Advent was a period of reflection and fasting, and items such as dairy and sugar were forbidden.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
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Astrology and black magic are forbidden in Islam; not an obscure point and one that Monis likely knew.The Sydney Astrologer Turned Islamic Radical
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So the master artist traveled to Beijing and shot in a former palace not far from the Forbidden City.The Restaurant, Flask, And Photography Worthy of The Macallan Whisky
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“It is forbidden in Islam to ignore the reality of contemporary times when deriving legal rulings,” they argued.ISIS Jihadis Get ‘Slavery for Dummies’
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Many other things I saw and heard, but was forbidden to relate.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Even now, he was engaged in committing that crime which she had forbidden him.Within the Law
The book of rules stated explicitly that such things were forbidden.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
All lesser forms of lying are forbidden along with the greater.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Why have they not forbidden the sale of whiskey in all saloons?Government by the Brewers?
- not permitted by order or law
- physics involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by certain rules derived from quantum mechanics, esp rules for changes in the electrical dipole moment of the system
It was formerly considered incorrect to talk of forbidding someone from doing something, but in modern usage either from or to can be used: he was forbidden from entering/to enter the building
- 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
Old English forbēodan; related to Old High German farbiotan, Gothic faurbiudan; see for-, bid
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Word Origin and History for forbidden
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with forbidden
see god forbid.
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