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FORBIDDING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does forbidding mean? 

FORBIDDING (noun)
  The noun FORBIDDING has 1 sense:

1. an official prohibition or edict against something

  Familiarity information: FORBIDDING used as a noun is very rare.


FORBIDDING (adjective)
  The adjective FORBIDDING has 2 senses:

1. harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
2. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

  Familiarity information: FORBIDDING used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FORBIDDING (noun)


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Meaning:

An official prohibition or edict against something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

banning; forbiddance; forbidding; ban

Hypernyms ("forbidding" is a kind of...):

prohibition (refusal to approve or assent to)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "forbidding"):

test ban (a ban on the testing of nuclear weapons that is mutually agreed to by countries that possess nuclear weapons)


FORBIDDING (adjective)


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Meaning:

Harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

Synonyms:

forbidding; dour; grim

Context examples:

a dour, self-sacrificing life / a forbidding scowl / a grim man loving duty more than humanity / undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw

Similar:

unpleasant (disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings)


Sense 2forbidding [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

Synonyms:

threatening; sinister; ominous; minatory; minacious; menacing; forbidding; baleful

Context examples:

a baleful look / forbidding thunderclouds / his tone became menacing / ominous rumblings of discontent / sinister storm clouds / a sinister smile / his threatening behavior / ugly black clouds / the situation became ugly

Similar:

alarming (causing alarm or fear)


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