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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
Second, except for the hint of blue in the painting at left, color seems verboten.
Avoiding conflicts of interest is a basic tenet of journalism, and intimate involvement with a source is considered verboten.
Serena Joy goes to her room without touching her husband and throws Mark’s verboten Hawaiian matches on the fire.
As is the case with most exclusive and exclusionary private clubs, photography of the club interiors and, more importantly, its members, is strictly verboten.
Offensive marines are still verboten, but defensive marines, designed to protect and retake Japanese territory are technically within bounds.
For now, the CBD beers will be available only to drink at the SoMa taproom; offsite consumption is verboten.
For somebody in their early 20s, mental and physical health shouldn't require abiding by strict rules and avoiding a list of verboten food groups.
Shorts and flipflops may be welcomed, but dogs are still verboten.
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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
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