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forbidding

[fer-bid-ing, fawr-] /fərˈbɪd ɪŋ, fɔr-/
adjective
1.
grim; unfriendly; hostile; sinister:
his forbidding countenance.
2.
dangerous; threatening:
forbidding clouds; forbidding cliffs.
Origin
1710-1715
1710-15; forbid + -ing2
Related forms
forbiddingly, adverb
forbiddingness, noun
unforbidding, adjective
Can be confused
forbidding, foreboding.

forbid

[fer-bid, fawr-] /fərˈbɪd, fɔr-/
verb (used with object), forbade or forbad or forbid, forbidden or forbid, forbidding.
1.
to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or not to enter some place:
to forbid him entry to the house.
2.
to prohibit (something); make a rule or law against:
to forbid the use of lipstick; to forbid smoking.
3.
to hinder or prevent; make impossible.
4.
to exclude; bar:
Burlesque is forbidden in many cities.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English forbeden, Old English forbēodan. See for-, bid1
Related forms
forbidder, noun
Can be confused
forbade, forbid, forbidden, forebode (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1, 2. interdict. Forbid, inhibit, prohibit, taboo indicate a command to refrain from some action. Forbid, a common and familiar word, usually denotes a direct or personal command of this sort: I forbid you to go. It was useless to forbid children to play in the park. Inhibit implies a checking or hindering of impulses by the mind, sometimes involuntarily: to inhibit one's desires; His responsiveness was inhibited by extreme shyness. Prohibit, a formal or legal word, means usually to forbid by official edict, enactment, or the like: to prohibit the sale of liquor. Taboo, primarily associated with primitive superstition, means to prohibit by common disapproval and by social custom: to taboo a subject in polite conversation. 3. preclude, stop, obviate, deter.
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Examples for forbidding
  • forbidding everyone who disagrees with you from speaking is no solution to any problem.
  • Yet the climate for private investment is forbidding.
  • Such missions could even find signs of the water, and possible life, that may lie hidden beneath the planet's forbidding exterior.
  • Its forbidding climate and low average education levels are disincentives for private investment.
  • Feel free to make your own sarcastic remark about forbidding hand sanitizers in hospitals.
  • It is not always that school children are benefited by a rule forbidding corporal punishment.
  • It makes me a little nervous to hear my colleagues posting about forbidding certain types of speech.
  • The obstacles to fundamental change are so forbidding that leaders will always be tempted to try to muddle through.
  • Afar tribeswomen extract water from this forbidding landscape by building small stone towers over the geothermal vents.
  • There's the problem of trying to infiltrate a culture, or a subculture, that is closed and kind of forbidding.
British Dictionary definitions for forbidding

forbidding

/fəˈbɪdɪŋ/
adjective
1.
hostile or unfriendly
2.
dangerous or ominous
Derived Forms
forbiddingly, adverb
forbiddingness, noun

forbid

/fəˈbɪd/
verb (transitive) -bids, -bidding, -bade, -bad, -bidden, -bid
1.
to prohibit (a person) in a forceful or authoritative manner (from doing something or having something)
2.
to make impossible; hinder
3.
to shut out or exclude
4.
God forbid!, may it not happen
Derived Forms
forbiddance, noun
forbidder, noun
Word Origin
Old English forbēodan; related to Old High German farbiotan, Gothic faurbiudan; see for-, bid
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Word Origin and History for forbidding
forbid
O.E. forbeodan, from for- "against" + beodan "to command" (see bid). Common Gmc. compound (cf. Du. verbieden, O.H.G. farbiotan, Ger. verbieten, Goth. faurbiudan). Related: Forbade; forbidden. Forbidding "uninviting" first recorded 1712.
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Idioms and Phrases with forbidding
see: god forbid
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