forbiddingness

forbidding

[fer-bid-ing, fawr-]
adjective
1.
grim; unfriendly; hostile; sinister: his forbidding countenance.
2.
dangerous; threatening: forbidding clouds; forbidding cliffs.

Origin:
1710–15; forbid + -ing2

forbiddingly, adverb
forbiddingness, noun
unforbidding, adjective

forbidding, foreboding.
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forbidding (fəˈbɪdɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  hostile or unfriendly
2.  dangerous or ominous
 
for'biddingly
 
adv
 
for'biddingness
 
n

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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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