for·​bid·​den fər-ˈbi-dᵊn How to pronounce forbidden (audio)
: not permitted or allowed
: not conforming to the usual selection principles
used of quantum phenomena
forbidden transition
forbidden radiation
forbidden spectral line

Examples of forbidden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her autobiographical practice tends to draw on life’s anxieties and forbidden desires. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023 The book contains the tropes romance readers love, like enemies to lovers and forbidden love (what's more forbidden than the sons of major political powers dating?), which are both major subcategories in the romance fiction genre. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 14 Aug. 2023 The novel promises magic and forbidden love in a criminal underworld. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 29 July 2023 What follows is a story of vengeance, intrigue and forbidden love. Clayton Davis, Variety, 17 May 2023 Image At the center of this novel is a forbidden forest that sits at the northern edge of a nameless town. Gabino Iglesias, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2024 This made our frantic encounters outside the confines of the building feel more forbidden and also more transactional. Hanif Abdurraqib, The New Yorker, 24 Feb. 2024 His pseudo soldiers will also be available to round-up leftie demonstrators or raid drag shows or burn forbidden books. Fred Grimm, Sun Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2024 Backpacks and cellphone conversations were absolutely forbidden. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of forbidden was in the 13th century

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“Forbidden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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