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 AstraZeneca, for better or worse — mostly worse — has become the forbidden vaccine, or at least the exotic vaccine. Tyler Cowen, Star Tribune, "Vaccine tribalism is one more way to divide us," 29 Apr. 2021 In an attempt to build an army, the Black Heretic used old forbidden magic and created the Fold instead. Olivia Truffaut-wong, refinery29.com, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From Shadow and Bone Season 1," 27 Apr. 2021 But the truth teller in Faulkner compelled him to peer, fleetingly, into the forbidden chamber of Southern shame, over and over, describing other monstrosities. Benjamin Nugent, Harper's Magazine, "The Still Center of Destruction," 27 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 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

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First Known Use of forbidden

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2021

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“Forbidden.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forbidden. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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forbidden

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of forbidden

: not permitted or allowed

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