from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Tending or threatening to impede progress.
  • adjective Unpleasant; disagreeable.
  • adjective Having a menacing aspect.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective highly unpleasant or disagreeable
  • adjective threatening or menacing
  • verb Present participle of forbid.

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

  • adjective harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
  • adjective threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
  • noun an official prohibition or edict against something


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