forbidden

adjective
for·​bid·​den | \ fər-ˈbi-dᵊn, 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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And because the internet is the home for forbidden snackers of all types, some people wanted to drink that sweet, sweet mummy broth. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "The black mystery sarcophagus was opened, and now people want to drink its ‘bone juice’," 20 July 2018 The District’s public schools aren’t the only ones that put sunscreen on the forbidden list. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "Council may end sunscreen ban in D.C. schools," 11 Jan. 2018 The forbidden list includes sports, movies and, yep, love. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Rosario Dawson is an object of teenage affection in romantic comedy 'Krystal'," 4 Apr. 2018 Aurora Theatre’s Bay Area premiere finds glamour in the cutthroat world of private equity, a forbidden satisfaction and even morbid beauty in our essential selfishness and corruptibility. SFChronicle.com, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of July 15," 12 July 2018 Unfortunately, the list of forbidden items includes a food popular among chefs and breadstick fans around the world: garlic. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Royal Family Reportedly Cannot Eat Garlic," 8 July 2018 In their clinical work, John and Julie Gottman learned that partners who have affairs are driven to them not because of a forbidden attraction but because of loneliness. John Gottman, Anchorage Daily News, "Five myths about marriage," 16 June 2018 There's something a little creepy, a little forbidden, a little haunted, and totally compelling about seeing the remains of what used to be there. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your kids can pretend to be urban explorers on this Wisconsin hiking trail," 20 June 2018 In their clinical work, John and Julie Gottman learned that partners who have affairs are driven to them not because of a forbidden attraction but because of loneliness. John Gottman, Anchorage Daily News, "Five myths about marriage," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of forbidden

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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forbidden

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forbidden

: not permitted or allowed

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