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Adjective
Causing fear or terror
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“Some can be identified as whales and perhaps walruses, although they are portrayed as fierce and forbidding monsters.”
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Causing, or characterized by, a dismal atmosphere
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“The lyrics' unambivalent feeling of hope for the construction of a new world contrasts ironically with the predominantly forbidding mood of the film.”
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Causing difficulty, problems or trouble
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“Heavily garrisoned by fanatics, it was situated in a forbidding position on burning rocks.”
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Daunting or demoralizing in nature
“It's the kind of anxiety aroused in us by what may seem to be the forbidding task of having to master ideas or principles that are foreign to us.”
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Tumultuous in nature, especially of the elements
“I am very much pleased to see the number present, notwithstanding the forbidding weather.”
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Difficult to bear or endure
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“The situation has been further aggravated by Spartan and even forbidding work conditions in many cases.”
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Very serious in nature, causing concern, distress or alarm
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“Your last report set forth a painful and forbidding state of affairs, which was amply confirmed by the statements of the officers then in charge.”
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Tending to repulse or to rouse aversion or disgust
“This noxious weed greatly resembles the common parsley, but may be easily distinguished by its glossy surface, and its rank, disagreeable and forbidding smell.”
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Fraught with, or suggestive of, danger
“It was a forbidding alley, and the scream was not inspiriting. It was repeated.”
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Having a grim or severe demeanor or appearance
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“He led her out of the pub with such a forbidding look on his face that all the interested pairs of eyes which had been watching them dropped self-consciously to survey their pints of beer.”
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Serious or solemn in manner or appearance
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“Captain Graham sat in his room, a letter in his hand, a forbidding expression on his face, now very dark and bronzed from the burning Indian sun.”
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Unfriendly, unwelcoming or cold in one's demeanor or dealings with others
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“It was more this forbidding and cold quality that made him old, rather than years. This fixity of habit, this impression of being a monument, had endowed him with antiquity.”
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Aggressive or hostile in one's demeanor or dealings with others
“Harrison frowned in a forbidding manner before making his thoughts known.”
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Giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen
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Suggestive of being angry or in a foul mood
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Strict or exacting in standards
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Of or pertaining to the Puritans, or to their doctrines and practice
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Intended to keep someone under control or prevent someone from doing something
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Irritating, repellent or objectionable in nature
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(of a person) Lacking sophistication or refinement
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Without regret or guilt
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Very expensive in price
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Morally corrupt or evil in nature or character
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Noun
The act of forbidding or banning something
“The forbidding of evil does not involve the bringing about of a greater evil or the loss of a good of greater degree.”
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An act or expression of unwillingness to grant a request
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The practice or policy of censoring films, letters, or publications
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Nothing or zero in amount, quantity or degree
Verb
Present participle for to prohibit or interdict a given action or process
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“We forbid the sale of goods made from endangered species such as elephants and rhino.”
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Present participle for to have prevented oneself from
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