forbiddingness love


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being forbidding; repulsiveness, Richardson.


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  • There are a few stray "narrative" details -- the school is near a store "presided over by a matronly woman with a rather forbidding manner" -- but they are false leads: neither the matronliness, nor the forbiddingness, nor even the woman herself is ever mentioned again.

    New York Review: The Collected Stories Of Lydia Davis

  • Unlike many of the gates of the rich, these were not ornamental—no fancy design, no family crest on the heavy bars, just thick double-welded iron in all its forbiddingness.

    The Thieves of Darkness

  • Aladdin frowned at Larch with all the forbiddingness that he could muster, but Larch was imperturbable.

    Aladdin O'Brien

  • You may have to try them many times; there is something of Nature's rudeness and forbiddingness, not only at the first, but probably always.

    Birds and Poets : with Other Papers


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