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Friday, January 29, 2010

Definitions for verboten

  1. forbidden, as by law; prohibited.

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Citations for verboten
In half an hour I got very bored, for I had nothing to read and my pipe was verboten. John Buchan, Greenmantle, 1916
There is also profit in iconoclasm these days, given the mood of the electorate. Saying painful things confers a certain cock-eyed credibility, and saying things the Washington establishment has long deemed verboten may be even better. Joe Klein, "Mario, the Liberated," New York, October 8, 1990
Origin of verboten
Verboten is the past participle of the German term verbieten meaning "to forbid." It entered English in the early 1900s.