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1taboo

adjective ta·boo \tə-ˈbü, ta-\

: not acceptable to talk about or do

Full Definition of TABOO

1
:  forbidden to profane use or contact because of what are held to be dangerous supernatural powers
2
a :  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>

Variants of TABOO

ta·boo also ta·bu \tə-ˈbü, ta-\
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Examples of TABOO

  1. Sex is a taboo subject for many people.
  2. In this company, dating a coworker is considered taboo.

Origin of TABOO

Tongan tabu
First Known Use: 1777

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

2taboo

noun

: 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

plural taboos also tabus

Full Definition of TABOO

1
:  a prohibition against touching, saying, or doing something for fear of immediate harm from a supernatural force
2
:  a prohibition imposed by social custom or as a protective measure
3
:  belief in taboos

Variants of TABOO

taboo also tabu

Examples of TABOO

  1. religious taboos against drinking alcohol
  2. Marrying a close relative is a taboo in many cultures.

First Known Use of TABOO

1777

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith

3taboo

transitive verb

Definition of TABOO

1
:  to set apart as taboo especially by marking with a ritualistic symbol
2
:  to avoid or ban as taboo

Variants of TABOO

taboo also tabu

First Known Use of TABOO

1777

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith

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