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  • adv. in a forbidding manner

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a forbidding manner; repellently.

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

  • adv. in an unpleasant or menacing manner


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  • Saturday night, the kitchen may send out a clunker such as forbiddingly dry lamb vindaloo, or a coconut-sauced Goan prawn and crab curry that sounded so fetching and tasted so cloying and bland. Chronicle

  • One of the defining images was the portrait shot of a player signing for his club, putting pen to paper in the family parlour while being loomed over, frowned at and generally dominated by some forbiddingly overcoated managerial paterfamilias.

    Wayne's new world

  • They're in the desert, with only forbiddingly craggy mountains in the distance; what are they doing out there?

    Larissa Archer: No Gimmicks at Fraction Magazine Group Show

  • This scenario seems forbiddingly difficult to pull off.

    Idol Meter final four: Which singer can out-sparkle Crystal?

  • The death's-head, a forbiddingly charismatic insect with a distinctive skull pattern on its thorax, has been sighted along the south coast at Arne, Dorset, and in Plymouth, Devon, in what is proving to be a vintage autumn for exotic migratory moths.

    Indian summer sees exotic moths fly in

  • If that doesn't scare you, consider this: It's forbiddingly expensive, as are all of the first-growth Bordeaux.

    A Towering Bordeaux

  • These command most of the attention in the auction market today, and are largely responsible for the image of Bordeaux as a wine that is forbiddingly unapproachable in its youth—and just as forbiddingly priced.

    Getting to the Bottom of Bordeaux

  • At the meeting itself, Mr. Allaire stared at her forbiddingly and moved on.

    Views From the Top

  • Unfortunately, Ms. Nixon's acting is part of what's wrong with the production, for she plays Vivian Bearing, the austere, loveless scholar of 17th-century poetry around whose terrible plight "Wit" revolves, as though she were a precocious schoolgirl rather than a full-grown, forbiddingly chilly intellectual.

    Into the (Spot)light

  • That's particularly stirring in a crucial moment of self-assertion—"Am I a machine without feelings?" she begins—with Michael Fassbender's forbiddingly handsome Rochester.

    See Jane Blossom: An Enthralling 'Eyre'


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