forbidden

adjective
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 phenomena forbidden transitionforbidden radiationforbidden spectral line

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Recent Examples on the Web Coming of age at a time of forbidden books and strict censorship, when some writers were regarded as outlaws, I was greatly drawn to this apparent subversion. Paul Theroux, The New Yorker, "Facing Ka‘ena Point: On Turning Eighty," 6 Apr. 2021 Exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘The Searchers’; ‘Forrest Gump’," 12 Mar. 2021 At the same time, the Exclusion Zone is a forbidden lure to Ukrainians and Belarusans. John Wendle, Scientific American, "Engineers Race to Entomb the Decaying Chernobyl Reactor," 21 Apr. 2016 Exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Lust for Life’; ‘Platoon’ and more," 5 Mar. 2021 Stir in hormones and a love both first and forbidden, and that journey of self-definition becomes an urgent one. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In 'American Betiya,' Indian-American teen's interracial romance raises tough questions," 3 Mar. 2021 Most houses don’t travel at all, let alone in the forbidden direction on a one-way street. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "A 139-year-old S.F. Victorian is getting moved this weekend. It's going to cost $400,000," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of forbidden

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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17 Apr 2021

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“Forbidden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forbidden. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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forbidden

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forbidden

: not permitted or allowed

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