from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending or threatening to impede progress: forbidding rapids.
  • adj. Unpleasant; disagreeable: a forbidding scowl.
  • adj. Having a menacing aspect: forbidding thunderclouds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. highly unpleasant or disagreeable
  • adj. threatening or menacing
  • v. Present participle of forbid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Repelling approach; repulsive; raising abhorrence, aversion, or dislike; disagreeable; prohibiting or interdicting

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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