Definition of verboten
: forbidden; especially : prohibited by dictate
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Examples of verboten in a Sentence
a college campus on which any form of hate speech was strictly verboten
Recent Examples of verboten from the Web
As noted by the BBC, a bevy of scientific studies have linked calorie restriction diets—regimens that require cuts to portion size, instead of just to specific types of verboten foods—to longer and healthier lives in a variety of species.
At one point, a thousand words were being added to the software's verboten list per day.
Every day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection separates travelers from around 4,638 verboten plant and animal products.
In the parlance of basketball, Pachulia went underneath the shooter, which is verboten.
Shonda Rhimes, Jessica Chastain, Rachel Bloom, Evan Rachel Wood, and Rose McGowan are just a few of the women using their considerable platforms to talk about sexism and other verboten topics in the film and TV industries.
Weeds remain strictly verboten at Augusta National, as does anything resembling traditional rough.
Will there be an agreement in principle of verboten content, or will Facebook have to remove offending posts and pages every time China demands it?
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Did You Know?
Despite its spelling, the adjective verboten has nothing to do with verb, or any of the other words in our language related to Latin verbum. Rather, verboten comes from German, which got it from Old High German farboten, the past participle of the verb farbioten, meaning "to forbid." (Forbid itself derives from Old English forbeodan, a relative of farbioten.) Verboten, which first appeared in English in 1916, is used to describe things that are forbidden according to a law or a highly regarded authority. There also exists a noun verboten, meaning "something forbidden by authority" (as in "well-established verbotens"), but this use is quite rare and is typically entered only in large, unabridged dictionaries.
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