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taboo

adjective ta·boo \tə-ˈbü, ta-\

Simple Definition of taboo

  • : not acceptable to talk about or do

Full Definition of taboo

  1. 1 :  forbidden to profane use or contact because of what are held to be dangerous supernatural powers

  2. 2a :  banned on grounds of morality or taste <the subject is taboo>b :  banned as constituting a risk <the area beyond is taboo, still alive with explosives — Robert Leckie>

Examples of taboo

  1. Sex is a taboo subject for many people.

  2. In this company, dating a coworker is considered taboo.



Variants of taboo

also ta·bu play \tə-ˈbü, ta-\

Origin of taboo

Tongan tabu


First Known Use: 1777


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taboo

noun ta·boo

Simple Definition of taboo

  • : a rule against doing or saying something in a particular culture or religion

  • : something that is not acceptable to talk about or do : something that is taboo

Full Definition of taboo

plural taboos also tabus

  1. 1 :  a prohibition against touching, saying, or doing something for fear of immediate harm from a supernatural force

  2. 2 :  a prohibition imposed by social custom or as a protective measure

  3. 3 :  belief in taboos

Examples of taboo

  1. religious taboos against drinking alcohol

  2. Marrying a close relative is a taboo in many cultures.



1777

First Known Use of taboo

1777

Variants of taboo

also tabu

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taboo

transitive verb ta·boo

Definition of taboo

  1. 1 :  to set apart as taboo especially by marking with a ritualistic symbol

  2. 2 :  to avoid or ban as taboo



1777

First Known Use of taboo

1777

Variants of taboo

also tabu


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