[fer-bid-ing, fawr-]

1710–15; forbid + -ing2

forbiddingly, adverb
forbiddingness, noun
unforbidding, adjective

forbidding, foreboding. Unabridged


[fer-bid, fawr-]
verb (used with object), forbade or forbad or forbid, forbidden or forbid, forbidding.
to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or not to enter some place: to forbid him entry to the house.
to prohibit (something); make a rule or law against: to forbid the use of lipstick; to forbid smoking.
to hinder or prevent; make impossible.
to exclude; bar: Burlesque is forbidden in many cities.

before 1000; Middle English forbeden, Old English forbēodan. See for-, bid1

forbidder, noun

forbade, forbid, forbidden, forebode (see synonym study at the current entry).

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. Unabridged
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forbid (fəˈbɪd)
vb , -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
[Old English forbēodan; related to Old High German farbiotan, Gothic faurbiudan; see for-, bid]

forbidding (fəˈbɪdɪŋ)
1.  hostile or unfriendly
2.  dangerous or ominous

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Forbidding everyone who disagrees with you from speaking is no solution to any
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.
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