dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information
Wiki: Resources, links, and other information


5 definitions found
 for taboo
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Taboo \Ta*boo"\, a. [Written also tabu and tapu.]
     [Polynesian tabu, tapu, sacred, under restriction, a
     prohibition.]
     Set apart or sacred by religious custom among certain races
     of Polynesia, New Zealand, etc., and forbidden to certain
     persons or uses; hence, prohibited under severe penalties;
     interdicted; as, food, places, words, customs, etc., may be
     taboo.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Taboo \Ta*boo"\, n.
     A total prohibition of intercourse with, use of, or approach
     to, a given person or thing under pain of death, -- an
     interdict of religious origin and authority, formerly common
     in the islands of Polynesia; interdiction. [Written also
     tabu.]
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Taboo \Ta*boo"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tabooed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Tabooing.]
     To put under taboo; to forbid, or to forbid the use of; to
     interdict approach to, or use of; as, to taboo the ground set
     apart as a sanctuary for criminals. [Written also tabu.]
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  taboo
      adj 1: excluded from use or mention; "forbidden fruit"; "in our
             house dancing and playing cards were out"; "a taboo
             subject" [syn: forbidden, out(p), prohibited,
             proscribed, taboo, tabu, verboten]
      2: forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands
         [syn: taboo, tabu]
      n 1: a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South
           Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of
           something because of its sacred nature [syn: taboo,
           tabu]
      2: an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or
         emotional aversion [syn: taboo, tabu]
      v 1: declare as sacred and forbidden

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  136 Moby Thesaurus words for "taboo":
     Eighteenth Amendment, Prohibition Party, Volstead Act, anathema,
     ban, banned, bar, bar out, barred, barring, blockade, boycott,
     censorable, censored, circumscription, contraband, count out,
     cut off, debar, debarment, debarring, demarcation, denial, deny,
     dirty, disallow, disallowance, embargo, enjoin, exception, exclude,
     exclude from, exclusion, explicit, forbade, forbid, forbiddance,
     forbidden, forbidden fruit, forbidding, freeze out, ignore,
     illegal, illicit, impolite, inadmissibility, indecorous, index,
     index expurgatorius, index librorum prohibitorum, inhibit,
     inhibition, injunction, interdict, interdicted, interdiction,
     interdictum, jargonal, jargonish, keep out, law, leave out,
     limitation, lock out, lockout, narrowing, no-no, nonadmission,
     nonpermissible, not permitted, off limits, omission, omit,
     ostracize, out of bounds, outlaw, outlawed, pass over, preclude,
     preclusion, prevent, prevention, prohibit, prohibited, prohibition,
     prohibitory injunction, proscribe, proscribed, proscription,
     refusal, refuse, regulation, reject, rejection, relegate,
     relegation, repress, repression, repudiate, repudiation,
     reservation, restraint, restricted, restriction,
     restrictive covenants, rude, rule out, ruled out, ruling out,
     sanction, say no to, scatological, send to Coventry, shut out,
     slang, slangy, statute, sumptuary laws, suppress, suppression,
     tabooed, unacceptable, unallowed, unauthorized, under the ban,
     unlawful, unlicensed, unmentionable, unpermissible, unsanctioned,
     unspeakable, untouchable, verboten, vetoed, zoning, zoning laws
  
  

Questions or comments about this site? Contact webmaster@dict.org