forbidden fruit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n forbidden fruit originally an apple from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden; it is now used to refer to anything that is tempting but dangerous (as sexuality)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Forbidden fruit (Bot) Any coveted unlawful pleasure, -- so called with reference to the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Forbidden fruit also Adam's apple, a name fancifully given to the fruit of various species of Citrus, esp. to one having tooth-marks on its rind
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Idioms

Forbidden fruit - Something enjoyable that is illegal or immoral is forbidden fruit.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. forbéodan, pa.t. forbéad, pa.p. forboden. See pfx. for-, and bid; cf. Ger. verbieten.

Usage

In literature:

Thus did Richard Calmady reason with and essay to solace himself for the fact that some fruits are forbidden to him who holds honour dear.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
And though shot and bullets were forbidden fruit, yet something might be done with hard wadding.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
Eve believed the devil instead of God, and took the forbidden fruit, making herself a sinner.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
He has the forbidden fruit in his waistcoat pocket, and can make himself a god as often and as long as he likes.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It was not the eating of the forbidden fruit; for that had been done long before.
"The Negro: what is His Ethnological Status? 2nd Ed." by Buckner H. 'Ariel' Payne
The devil is having a fine dance with the boy who thought he would taste of strictly forbidden fruit!
"Weird Tales. Vol. I" by E. T. A. Hoffmann
Apples are not the only forbidden fruit.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
Was Adam to be immortal in the flesh if he had not eaten of the forbidden fruit?
"From Bondage to Liberty in Religion" by George T. Ashley
For all her fear, once having tasted of the forbidden fruit, it was sweet and inviting.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
Why is a printing press like the forbidden fruit?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
She thought of them at first as her pair whom she had set in a garden where the fruit of no tree was forbidden.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
All begetting of children is evil, for Adam's chambering with Eve was the forbidden fruit.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
When Eve saw that the forbidden fruit was good for food and that it was desirable to the eyes, she partook of it, and Adam with her.
"Weighed and Wanting" by Dwight Moody
But it was forbidden fruit.
""Pip"" by Ian Hay
I mean, where's the fun in life without a little forbidden fruit?
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
And yet forbidden fruit is the sweetest.
"The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction - German" by J. W. von Goethe
To travel alone to Buitenzorg belongs just now to the realm of forbidden fruit.
"Letters of a Javanese Princess" by Raden Adjeng Kartini
Well, that curiosity caused her to eat the forbidden fruit.
"The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 2" by Robert H. Newell
Though it is to see another eat the Forbidden Fruit, they will run all his risks with him.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel" by George Meredith
She believed the taste for forbidden fruit was common to all men.
"A Pasteboard Crown" by Clara Morris
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In poetry:

I'd write of sins, forbidden fruit,
Of chance-seized shadows;
Of hasty flight and hot pursuit,
Of palms, of elbows.
"In everything I seek to grasp..." by Boris Pasternak
It takes away the harshness quite,
The hunger keen, the painful bite,
The rankling wound, the curse of God,
Which from the fruit forbidden flow'd.
"Christ Is The Tree Of Life" by Rees Prichard
You've heard how Satan erst, with wiles replete,
Old mother Eve in Paradise deceiv'd,
Rashly of the forbidden fruit to eat,
And how her husband part from her receiv'd!
"Adam's Race" by Rees Prichard
Digrignan. Ah, how can Adam live,
If he indeed has eat the fruit forbidden,
Condemning him to death?
Now well may we exclaim,
That Heaven this day inures itself to falsehood.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 4." by William Cowper
Lucifer. Guliar, be thou called Gluttony: now go
Reveal to Eve that the forbidden fruit
Is manna all within,
And that such food in heaven
Forms the repast of angels and of God.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 1. " by William Cowper
See here the fruit of wandering eyes,
Of worldly longings to be wise,
Of Passion dwelling on forbidden sweets:
Ye lawless glances, freely rove;
Ruin below and wrath above
Are all that now the wildering fancy meets.
"Sexegesima Sunday" by John Keble

In news:

NPR Senior Washington Editor Indulges In The Forbidden Fruit Of "A Brave New World".
What Mambo is – improvisational near-riots and ' forbidden fruit '.
Most school garden produce is forbidden fruit in CPS lunchrooms.
For years, before she finally tasted one, I drove my wife, Betsey, almost around the bend talking about mangosteens, telling her that whatever luxurious item we were consuming at a given moment was no match for my forbidden fruit .
The American government's blockade of Cuba may be intended to isolate the country, but in the sphere of culture, it hasn't quite worked, as forbidden fruit often becomes all the more tempting.
Adam should've thanked Eve, since "A forbidden fruit a day keeps thy doctor away," is not a hollow parable.
What Mambo is – improvisational near-riots and 'forbidden fruit'.
From forbidden fruit to perfect piemakers, apples are a delight, says Justin Newcombe.
For me, the forbidden fruit is sugar.
I have always thought that drinking in the context of a religious service removed the "forbidden fruit" aspects of alcohol and made alcohol addiction less likely.
Carroll's climb comes from forbidden fruit.
Volvo Shows Off V40 Wagon Forbidden Fruit.
Volvo is dangling forbidden fruit in our faces at the Paris Motor Show.
Don't make pot a ' forbidden fruit.
What Mambo is – improvisational near-riots and ' forbidden fruit'.
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In science:

This approach has been very fruitful in the realm of graph classes defined by lists of forbidden minors.
Capturing Polynomial Time on Interval Graphs
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