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taboo

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adjective ta·boo \tə-ˈbü, ta-\

Definition of taboo

  1. 1 :  forbidden to profane use or contact because of what are held to be dangerous supernatural powers

  2. 2a :  banned on grounds of morality or taste <the subject is taboo>b :  banned as constituting a risk <the area beyond is taboo, still alive with explosives — Robert Leckie>


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taboo

noun ta·boo

Definition of taboo

plural

taboos

also

tabus

  1. 1 :  a prohibition against touching, saying, or doing something for fear of immediate harm from a supernatural force

  2. 2 :  a prohibition imposed by social custom or as a protective measure

  3. 3 :  belief in taboos

Examples of taboo in a sentence

  1. religious taboos against drinking alcohol

  2. Marrying a close relative is a taboo in many cultures.

1777

First Known Use of taboo

1777

Variants of taboo

less commonly

tabu


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taboo

transitive verb ta·boo

Definition of taboo

  1. 1 :  to set apart as taboo especially by marking with a ritualistic symbol

  2. 2 :  to avoid or ban as taboo

1777

First Known Use of taboo

1777

Variants of taboo

less commonly

tabu


TABOO Defined for English Language Learners

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taboo

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adjective ta·boo \tə-ˈbü, ta-\

Definition of taboo for English Language Learners

  • : not acceptable to talk about or do


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taboo

noun ta·boo

Definition of taboo for English Language Learners

  • : a rule against doing or saying something in a particular culture or religion

  • : something that is not acceptable to talk about or do : something that is taboo


Medical Dictionary

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taboo

noun ta·boo

Medical Definition of taboo

plural

taboos

also

tabus

  1. 1:  a prohibition in some cultures against touching, saying, or doing something for fear of immediate harm from a mysterious superhuman force

  2. 2:  a prohibition imposed by social custom or as a protective measure <the view that incest, not cannibalism, was the world's first taboo—Phyllis Grosskurth>

  3. 3:  belief in taboos

taboo

also

tabu

adjective

Variants of taboo

also

tabu

\tə-ˈbü, ta-\play

2

taboo

transitive verb ta·boo

Medical Definition of taboo

  1. :  to avoid or ban as taboo

Variants of taboo

also

tabu



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