forbidden fruit


: an immoral or illegal pleasure

Examples of forbidden fruit in a Sentence

For dieters, dessert becomes a forbidden fruit.
Recent Examples on the Web Tanned bodies queued up cheek to cheek for the ATM, or examined bins of bio cucumbers and cantaloupe, their own forbidden fruit hovering inches away. Eviana Hartman, Vogue, 14 Feb. 2023 Was an apple really the 'forbidden fruit' in the Garden of Eden? Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 16 Sep. 2022 Today both models cost about the same, averaging around $48,000, but prices continue to climb; a few years ago a great-condition R32 cost less than $30K. R34s, which will hit the magic 25-year mark in 2024, largely remain forbidden fruit. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, 10 Nov. 2020

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Word History


from the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:2–19

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forbidden fruit was in 1605

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“Forbidden fruit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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