American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Tending or threatening to impede progress: forbidding rapids.
- adj. Unpleasant; disagreeable: a forbidding scowl.
- adj. Having a menacing aspect: forbidding thunderclouds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Repelling approach; repellent; repulsive; raising aversion or dislike; disagreeable: as, a forbidding aspect; forbidding weather; forbidding manners.
- Synonyms Unpleasant, displeasing, offensive, odious, abhorrent, repellent.
- adj. highly unpleasant or disagreeable
- adj. threatening or menacing
- v. present participle of forbid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Repelling approach; repulsive; raising abhorrence, aversion, or dislike; disagreeable; prohibiting or interdicting
- adj. harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
- adj. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
- n. an official prohibition or edict against something
“Given the fact that “wearing the colors” is considered to be deliberate disrespect by members of another gang, I think the school was justified in forbidding the wearing of the US flag, in this case.”
“I think the school was justified in forbidding the wearing of the USflag ...”
“But my preferred way of thinking about such things would at least be open to the possibility that there might be a sufficiently compelling state interest in forbidding it.”
“A rock face, so forbidding from a distance, shows fracture lines from close up: nothing is forever, everything changes.”
“As a critique of U. S.-funded programs, however, it is narrowly focused, citing only two such initiatives as examples, and these in forbidding Kandahar and Helmand, home to the bulk of the insurgency.”
“Finally, I call forbidding wounded patients in that hospital from speaking out not only unpatriotic but also unconstitutional -- and how about inhumane?”
“Conservative Jews have no interest in forbidding other people from mixing meat and dairy.”
“Apparently Jesus's teachings on several matters deviated from contemporary Jewish belief — for example, in forbidding divorce.”
“Then Deke let an expression of forbidding anger darken his features.”
“These two friends of yours have been very faithful to their promise to you, in forbidding me to have the briefest glimpse of them.”
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