• WordNet 3.6
    • adj forbidding threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments "a baleful look","forbidding thunderclouds","his tone became menacing","ominous rumblings of discontent","sinister storm clouds","a sinister smile","his threatening behavior","ugly black clouds","the situation became ugly"
    • adj forbidding harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance "a dour, self-sacrificing life","a forbidding scowl","a grim man loving duty more than humanity","undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- J.M.Barrie"
    • n forbidding an official prohibition or edict against something
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Israel, religious law forbids picking your nose on Sabbath
    • forbidding Repelling approach; repellent; repulsive; raising aversion or dislike; disagreeable: as, a forbidding aspect; forbidding weather; forbidding manners.
    • forbidding Synonyms Unpleasant, displeasing, offensive, odious, abhorrent, repellent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cleveland law forbids you to operate a motor vehicle while sitting in another person's lap.
    • adj Forbidding repulsive: raising dislike: unpleasant
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  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.”
  • Monta Crane
    Monta Crane
    “There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it.”
  • Thomas Haynes Bayly
    Thomas Haynes Bayly
    “Oh! no! we never mention her, her name is never heard; my lips are now forbid to speak, that once familiar word.”
  • Sir John Denham
    Sir John Denham
    “Search not to find things too deeply hid; Nor try to know things whose knowledge is forbid.”
  • Seneca
    “Modesty forbids what the law does not.”
  • Moliere
    “It's true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found.”


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


In literature:

Few, even of the scouts, had ever penetrated the enshrouding wilderness of that dizzy, forbidding height.
"Tom Slade on Mystery Trail" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
For God forbid that guilt should ever leave a man the free, undisturbed use of his faculties!
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
God forbid that it should go for nothing.
"The Arian Controversy" by H. M. Gwatkin
But this would be insufficient inasmuch as the law may command or forbid more than one thing.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
I forbid you to go near your sister.
"Polly" by L. T. Meade
Yet the space at our disposal forbids our dealing here with every scene of any given play (or cycle, as a complete series is commonly called).
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
Over Spoleto the fierce witch-haunted heights of Norcia rose forbidding.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Laws which forbid cousins to marry are, then, on an unsound biological basis.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Laws are passed forbidding men, who are not nobles, assuming the title of Esquire or Sieur on penalty of what would be a $500 fine.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Then I would forbid all examination of my claims.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat

In poetry:

Age not forbids thy stay:
Thou yet mightst act the friendly part;
Thou yet mightst raise this languid heart;
Why speed so swift away?
"Ode to Health, 1730" by William Shenstone
Surmounting these were Forms forbidding
Some strife about the Flood;
Since in such points divine unthridding
Shed had been human blood.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
But golden gates between us stretch,
Truth opens her forbidding eyes;
You can't forget that I am rich,
Nor I that you are telling lies.
"An Insincere Wish Addressed to a Beggar" by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
Sometimes when service made me glad
The sharp tears leapt between my lids,
Falling on her, such joy I had
To do the service God forbids.
"The Leper" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Long time ago
(As well you know)
I started in upon that carmen;
My work was vain,--
But why complain?
When gods forbid, how helpless are men!
"A Tardy Apology" by Eugene Field
By milder ways doth Jesus prove
His Father's cov'nant, and his love
He seals to saints his glorious grace,
And not forbids their infant race.
"Hymn 127" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Tedisco is pushing three bills that would create a statewide registry of pet abusers , forbid them from owning pets again and require them to get psychiatric treatment.
O'Leary: "If there ever was a crash on an aircraft , God forbid, a seat belt won't save you".
O'Leary told the UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper that "If there ever was a crash on an aircraft , God forbid, a seat belt won't save you.".
The bill would forbid the commission from taking any position on an issue until there has been a majority vote.
The Dominican Republic's constitution forbids abortion.
The land of left backs is a forbidding place, since just about every team has at least one good right-sided attacker that has to be contained.
"Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness," Roberts wrote.
Sleek and forbidding, David Cronenberg's adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel " Cosmopolis " presents the most whopping paradox in the cinema year 2012.
If your house were on fire, heaven forbid, what's the one item contained within that you would try to take with you.
Wants federal regulators to reconsider their September ruling forbidding utilities from rejecting electricity from wind farms during certain periods of low demand.
Dutch school officials plan to enact laws that will forbid students in schools from smoking marijuana.
Once the lone star tic bites you, you could die, God forbid, from eating meat.
But the same legislation that gave the college the authority to inspect the clinics also forbids it from publicly identifying the ones that got failing grades.
State law forbids ousting leadership.
A forbidding mixture of droning guitars and sub-Beat poetry about the ocean and Walt Whitman, R.E.M.

In science:

Modern QFT does not forbid such physically nonsensical extrapolation.
About Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in the Field Theory with Fundamental Mass
Case (a), which exists only at strictly zero temperature, and which forbids the cavity fields h = 0, will be discussed in section 5.
The number of matchings in random graphs
Moreover, we consider a variant of this model, in which we forbid immediate self-reversal of the random walk.
On a Type of Self-Avoiding Random Walk with Multiple Site Weightings and Restrictions
It is easy to demonstrate, that restriction (R2 ) forbides to use ’t Hooft’s construction beyond perturbation theory.
On 't Hooft's representation of the \beta-function
It is easy to see, that the restriction (R2 ) forbids to transform one of the situations (a), (b), (c) into another.
On 't Hooft's representation of the \beta-function