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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
Nothing of the kind could currently happen in the U.S., where editing the genomes of human embryos is still verboten.
Under Brady, Bazaar also delved into the one subject its founding publisher, Fletcher Harper, had considered verboten: politics.
But acknowledging ironies is verboten in a war that in the end is not about protecting the lives of regular Americans, including those who wish to own guns for normal purposes, but about privileging the lifestyles of American gun fetishists.
There are indeed no words if the only appropriate ones are verboten.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regulations do not allow us commoners to question employment candidates about their religion and a number of other verboten issues.
But Gödel's point was moot — all observations indicate that the universe is not rotating, so that particular solution does not apply to our universe, and time travel into the past is verboten.
Public discussions of the mass killings remain verboten in Indonesia—aging survivors of the anti-Communist purge couldn’t even hold a closed-door human rights seminar in September without incurring violent protests.
Blackface, of course, is the most verboten and overtly offensive of costume choices.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of verboten
Synonymsbanned, barred, forbidden, interdicted, outlawed, prohibited, proscribed, taboo (also tabu), impermissible
Antonymsallowable, permissible, permissive, sufferable
Related Wordsintolerable, unacceptable, unbearable, unendurable; illegal, illegitimate, illicit, improper, inappropriate, unauthorized, unlawful, unlicensed; ineffable, unmentionable; unseemly, unsuitable; objectionable; disallowed, disapproved, discouraged; refused, rejected, revoked, unsanctioned, vetoed; repressed, suppressed; precluded, prevented, stopped; excluded, ruled out, shut out; blocked, hindered, impeded, obstructed
Near Antonymsacceptable, bearable, endurable, tolerable; accepted, accredited, allowed, appropriate, approved, authorized, certified, endorsed (also indorsed), lawful, legal, legitimate, licensed, OK (or okay), permitted, warranted; accorded, granted, sanctioned, vouchsafed; brooked, condoned, countenanced; encouraged, promoted, supported; commanded, mandatory, ordered, required; proper, seemly, suitable, tolerated, unobjectionable
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