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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for forbiddingly

forbidding

/fəˈbɪdɪŋ/
adjective
1.
hostile or unfriendly
2.
dangerous or ominous
Derived Forms
forbiddingly, adverb
forbiddingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for forbiddingly

forbidding

adj.

"uninviting," 1712, present participle adjective from forbid. Related: Forbiddingly; forbiddingness.

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