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forbidden fruit

noun
1.
the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, tasted by Adam and Eve against God's prohibition. Gen. 2:17; 3:3.
2.
any unlawful pleasure, especially illicit sexual indulgence.
3.
pomelo (def 1).
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  • Feeding on the luscious berries and the rich cassava root, Lots of dates and lots of guavas, clusters of forbidden fruit.

    The Bon Gaultier Ballads William Edmonstoune Aytoun
  • forbidden fruit has no attraction until we know that it is forbidden.

    Crankisms Lisle de Vaux Matthewman
  • You've been at that d—d bin, I'm afraid, the forbidden fruit, hey?

    Guy Deverell, v. 2 of 2 Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • It's called "forbidden fruit," and he wrote it expressly for me.

  • But when he got another look at the forbidden fruit He gave a yell that they could hear in Jacksonville or Butte.

    Bib Ballads Ring W. Lardner
  • Marriage had spoilt his father's life; marriage was the forbidden fruit in his own.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • The result of this conversation was that Eve ate the forbidden fruit and induced Adam to do the same.

  • What followed the eating of the forbidden fruit we have dealt with in "Eve and the Apple."

    Bible Romances George W. Foote
British Dictionary definitions for forbidden fruit

forbidden fruit

noun
1.
any pleasure or enjoyment regarded as illicit, esp sexual indulgence
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forbidden fruit definition


The fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, often pictured as an apple, which God forbade Adam and Eve to eat. Their disobedience brought about the Fall of Man.

Note: “Forbidden fruit” is used commonly to refer to anything that is tempting but potentially dangerous. It is often associated with sexuality.
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Idioms and Phrases with forbidden fruit

forbidden fruit

Unlawful pleasure or enjoyment; illicit love. For example, After Mary moved in with John, Tom began courting her—forbidden fruit is sweet, I guess, or Smoking behind the woodshed, that's a case of forbidden fruit. This expression alludes to Adam and Eve's violation of God's commandment not to touch fruit from the tree of knowledge, which resulted in their expulsion from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6). In the form forbidden fruit is sweet it appeared in numerous early English proverb collections.
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