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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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 The weary narrator floats away in a dream, in search of the unknowable, the deep forbidden music somewhere off in the distance. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Paul Simon still searching after all these years," 7 June 2018 Dinner that night was miso salmon over forbidden rice. New York Times, "52 Hours at Breakup Boot Camp," 2 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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