for·​bid·​den | \ fər-ˈbi-dᵊn How to pronounce forbidden (audio) , fȯr- \

Definition of forbidden

1 : not permitted or allowed
2 : not conforming to the usual selection principles used of quantum phenomenaforbidden transitionforbidden radiationforbidden spectral line

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Recent Examples on the Web The central, forbidden love story, between Mélisande and Golaud’s brother, Pelléas, is hardly even articulated. Laura Cappelle, New York Times, "These Women-Led Works Are the Right Plays at the Right Time," 5 Mar. 2020 Growling tensions of poverty, prejudice and exclusion rise into the roar of a plot that takes in forbidden love, adulterous passion, murder and remorse. The Economist, "Time for a curtain call A new interpretation of “Street Scene”, a seminal dramatic musical," 3 Feb. 2020 Teams have taken the forbidden step of using electronics to aid their sign-stealing strategy, and the retribution has caused shock waves throughout the sport. Bruce Jenkins,, "MLB cheating scandal leaves national pastime in chaos," 17 Jan. 2020 Over the last several million years, God has created a woman who stole a forbidden apple, ate part of it and gave the rest to her husband; created a man who killed his brother; destroyed entire cities; and once flooded the earth. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: This just in ... God expelled from Louisville Christian school for creating rainbow," 16 Jan. 2020 According to Variety, this series will showcase the dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family and how a forbidden romance takes them to Korea, Japan, and America. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Full List of All the Best Apple TV+ Shows and Movies," 30 Oct. 2019 Likewise, there is a rogue history of using forbidden tools to enhance sign-stealing capabilities. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Real or Imagined, Baseball Spying Causes Angst in the Playoffs," 12 Oct. 2019 Police had detained 105 people by late afternoon, and 71 people have been fined for protesting in a forbidden area., "PARIS — Scuffles between Paris police and activists Saturday marred the anniversary of the birth of the yellow vest movement against government policies seen as favoring the rich.," 17 Nov. 2019 Proceed directly into the forbidden room; enjoy the view as the floor gives way. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "‘In the Dream House’ Recounts an Abusive Relationship Using Dozens of Genres," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of forbidden

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Forbidden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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: not permitted or allowed

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