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forbidden fruit

[ fer-bid-n froot, fawr-bid-n ]
/ fərˈbɪd n ˈfrut, fɔrˈbɪd n /
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noun
the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, tasted by Adam and Eve against God's prohibition. Genesis 2:17; 3:3.
any unlawful pleasure, especially illicit sexual indulgence.
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Origin of forbidden fruit

First recorded in 1660–70
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British Dictionary definitions for forbidden fruit

forbidden fruit

noun
any pleasure or enjoyment regarded as illicit, esp sexual indulgence
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Cultural definitions for forbidden fruit

forbidden fruit

The fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, often pictured as an apple, which God forbade Adam and Eve to eat. Their disobedience brought about the Fall of Man.

notes for forbidden fruit

“Forbidden fruit” is used commonly to refer to anything that is tempting but potentially dangerous. It is often associated with sexuality.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with forbidden fruit

forbidden fruit

Unlawful pleasure or enjoyment; illicit love. For example, After Mary moved in with John, Tom began courting her—forbidden fruit is sweet, I guess, or Smoking behind the woodshed, that's a case of forbidden fruit. This expression alludes to Adam and Eve's violation of God's commandment not to touch fruit from the tree of knowledge, which resulted in their expulsion from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6). In the form forbidden fruit is sweet it appeared in numerous early English proverb collections.

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