[ver-boht-n; German fer-boht-n]
- forbidden, as by law; prohibited.
Origin of verboten
1910–15; < German: past participle of verbieten to forbid
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Examples from the Web for verboten
He shows us the hypocrisy where in some contexts these very words are socially acceptable and at other times they are verboten.Why George Carlin Deserves His Own Street
October 21, 2014
For the right-wing base and its institutional supporters, concessions are verboten.Tea Party Republicans: The Biggest Sore Winners in Washington
December 12, 2013
Now, none of them spells out the verboten words anywhere that I can see.Dear Editors: Ban ‘Redskins’
June 21, 2013
In all that time, probably the only thing we have agreed upon is this: sleeping with patients is verboten.Scott DesJarlais Crossed the Line by Having Sex With Patients
November 29, 2012
Romney comes from the party where raising one cent of taxes is verboten.Romney’s Big Tax Bluff: Why It Will Haunt Him
July 5, 2012
Then, with gestures which could not be mistaken he repeated gruffly, “Verboten.”The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
"But to eat before mess, it is verboten," declared the guide.Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal
G. Harvey Ralphson
It is verboten for children and nurse girls to occupy all the benches in the parks.
It is verboten to sell short weights, and for this the punishment is severe.
It is verboten for you to play your piano in an apartment after ten o'clock at night.
- forbidden; prohibited
Word Origin and History for verboten
German, literally "forbidden" (see forbid).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper