from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An indulgence or a pleasure that is illegal or is believed to be immoral.
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- n. The fruit forbidden to Adam.
- n. Illicit pleasure.
- n. Something desired that cannot be had.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. A small variety of shaddock (Citrus decumana). The name is given in different places to several varieties of Citrus fruits.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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)
These Manitobans would die rather than acknowledge that their province has been slighted by Pomona, and yet apples are as much a forbidden fruit here as in Eden.
I am always an assiduous and a patient teacher, and very little time is left to me to write PROFESSIONALLY, seeing that I cannot keep awake after midnight and that I want to spend all my evening with my family; but this lack of time stimulates me and makes me find a true pleasure in digging away; it is like a forbidden fruit that I taste in secret.
The girl who is over-ready for her lover's first kiss, has tasted the forbidden fruit already, or has waited over-long for it.
Says Charles Hodge, "In the day in which Adam ate the forbidden fruit he did die.