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Friday, January 29, 2010

Definitions for verboten

  1. Forbidden, as by law; prohibited.

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Citations for verboten
I'd observed several people taking photographs of these with their camera-phones, although a sign on a tripod just inside the door announced that all photography was verboten. Stephen King, Duma Key: A Novel
Small assemblages by Hermann Glöckner, for example, should come as a revelation even to Germans. Glöckner, who died in 1987 at 98, concocted little sculptural gems in his studio, just for himself: elegant Constructivist improvisations, talismans of verboten modernism, made by folding, twisting and tying together discarded matchboxes, cut-up soap containers, tin pots, wood blocks and newspaper. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times
Origin of verboten
1910-1915
Verboten is from German, past participle of verbieten, to forbid, from Middle High German, which derives from Old High German farbiotan.