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  • adjective Forbidden; prohibited.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of taboo.


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  • I seemed to catch my audience quite accidentally by using a word tabooed at that time in sporting circles, because it represented the blacklegs of the racecourse, and was used as a nickname for rascaldom.

    The Reminiscences Of Sir Henry Hawkins

  • "We were now not only tattooed, but what they called tabooed, [S] the meaning of which is, made sacred, or forbidden to touch any provisions of any kind with our hands.

    John Rutherford, the White Chief

  • Other people's sweethearts, you know, are 'tabooed' -- sacred ground -- not to be approached without danger to all concerned.

    Say and Seal, Volume I

  • The copy-readers had been supplied with a list of words and terms tabooed from the captions.

    Success A Novel

  • Being "tabooed" by all the men who had even as much as caught a passing glimpse of her, this was her last resource -- she would entrap some unwary stranger, a man with money of course, and inveigle him into marrying her.

    Scottish Ghost Stories

  • But it is too deep-rooted in human nature, and has a significance and origin too closely associated with human well-being in the past, and even in the present, to permit of its being altogether "tabooed" by medical authority.

    More Science From an Easy Chair

  • No communication had taken place between the natives and the "tabooed" prisoners.

    In Search of the Castaways

  • In New Zealand they take refuge amid hot sulphur springs and in a house "tabooed"; they escape by starting a volcano into eruption.

    In Search of the Castaways

  • Then the procession wound slowly down the mountain, and henceforth none dare ascend the slope of Maunganamu on pain of death, for it was "tabooed," like Tongariro, where lie the ashes of a chief killed by an earthquake in 1846.

    In Search of the Castaways

  • The Chiefs united and refused to give us the half of the small piece of land which had been purchased, on which to build our Mission House, and when we attempted to fence in the part they had left to us, they "tabooed" it,

    The Story of John G. Paton Or Thirty Years Among South Sea Cannibals


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