noun, plural ta·boos.
- the system, practice, or act whereby things are set apart as sacred, forbidden for general use, or placed under a prohibition or interdiction.
- the condition of being so set apart, forbidden, or interdicted.
verb (used with object), ta·booed, ta·boo·ing.
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Origin of taboo
synonym study for taboo
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Example sentences from the Web for taboo
As Armstrong writes, “It was not a ‘great objective something,’ but had imprecise connotations of obligation and taboo.”Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence|Patricia Pearson|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our culture is becoming more open-minded about previously taboo subjects.Porn Keeps Up with the Kardashians: Belle Knox on the Mainstreaming of Adult Stars|Aurora Snow|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Everything was on the table, the promos said; no subjects were taboo.
Lingerie—once so scandalous, erotic—was worse than taboo, it was passé.
Would it have revealed a sensual side to Lincoln that has become a taboo subject, and that is much too difficult to document?
Marriage, a conventionalized breach of taboo, is the beginning of a new family.Taboo and Genetics|Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
We have noticed traces of taboo on women and strangers: what of the vinctus?The Religious Experience of the Roman People|W. Warde Fowler
Taboo animals are thought to give favourable and unfavourable omens.Human Animals|Frank Hamel
But the baseball reporters named Matty's favorite delivery after her chin, and from there down the curves was taboo.Gullible's Travels, Etc.|Ring W. Lardner
The gourd called churakhai, palmyra fruit, and palmyra jaggery are taboo to the Nambūtiri at all times.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for taboo
noun plural -boos or -bus
Word Origin for taboo
Medical definitions for taboo
n. pl. ta•boos
Cultural definitions for taboo
A descriptive term for words, objects, actions, or people that are forbidden by a group or culture. The expression comes from the religion of islanders of the South Pacific.