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

Examples of forbidden in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This multigenerational family saga begins with a forbidden love and crescendos into a moving saga that jumps between time and place, spanning across Korea, Japan, and America. Jessica Wang,, 8 Apr. 2022 Beneath the forbidden glamour of mob life is a saga of father-son relationships and ethical choices—themes that have resonated in different ways for each new generation of viewers. Caryn James, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 The filmmakers pluck quite a few story threads from director Shawn Levy’s early-aughts adaptation, including bullying, athletic frustrations, an absentee parent, a forbidden sleepover and a climax involving a runaway child. Courtney Howard, Variety, 17 Mar. 2022 With her jet-black hair, red lips and sparkling purple jumpsuit, Selena Quintanilla sang about forbidden love to a record-breaking audience of over 66,000 people huddled inside the Houston Astrodome. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 So this live performance could be said to be a period of time when we were allowed into her forbidden, profound realm. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 19 Jan. 2022 Although sales are still forbidden, such achievement marks an important cornerstone for the cannabis space in Europe. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 In many cases, proving that the killing of civilians constitutes a war crime requires showing the attacker’s intent to harm civilians or strike forbidden targets like hospitals and schools. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 The film unravels 40 years of secrets and lies in a tale of forbidden love and family drama soundtracked by juke joint blues in the deep South. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of forbidden

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Apr 2022

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“Forbidden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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