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forbidding

[ fer-bid-ing, fawr- ]
/ fərˈbɪd ɪŋ, fɔr- /
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adjective
grim; unfriendly; hostile; sinister: his forbidding countenance.
dangerous; threatening: forbidding clouds; forbidding cliffs.
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Origin of forbidding

First recorded in 1710–15; forbid + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM forbidding

for·bid·ding·ly, adverbfor·bid·ding·ness, nounun·for·bid·ding, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH forbidding

forbidding , foreboding
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How to use forbidding in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for forbidding

forbidding
/ (fəˈbɪdɪŋ) /

adjective
hostile or unfriendly
dangerous or ominous

Derived forms of forbidding

forbiddingly, adverbforbiddingness, noun
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