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verboten

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adjective ver·bo·ten \vər-ˈbō-tən, fər-, ver-\

Definition of verboten

  1. :  forbidden; especially :  prohibited by dictate



Examples of verboten in a sentence

  1. <a college campus on which any form of hate speech was strictly verboten>



Did You Know?

Despite its spelling, the adjective verboten has nothing to do with verb, or any of the other words in our language related to Latin verbum. Rather, verboten comes from German, which got it from Old High German farboten, the past participle of the verb farbioten, meaning "to forbid." (Forbid itself derives from Old English forbeodan, a relative of farbioten.) Verboten, which first appeared in English in 1916, is used to describe things that are forbidden according to a law or a highly regarded authority. There also exists a noun verboten, meaning "something forbidden by authority" (as in "well-established verbotens"), but this use is quite rare and is typically entered only in large, unabridged dictionaries.

Origin and Etymology of verboten

German, from Old High German farboten, past participle of farbioten to forbid (akin to Old English forbēodan to forbid), from far-, fur- for- + biotan to offer — more at bid


First Known Use: 1916

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