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Meaning & Definition of Forbidding in English

English

Forbidding

/fərbɪdɪŋ/

noun

1. An official prohibition or edict against something

    synonym:
  • ban
  • ,
  • banning
  • ,
  • forbiddance
  • ,
  • forbidding

adjective

1. Harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

  • "A dour, self-sacrificing life"
  • "A forbidding scowl"
  • "A grim man loving duty more than humanity"
  • "Undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- j.m.barrie
    synonym:
  • dour
  • ,
  • forbidding
  • ,
  • grim

2. Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

  • "A baleful look"
  • "Forbidding thunderclouds"
  • "His tone became menacing"
  • "Ominous rumblings of discontent"
  • "Sinister storm clouds"
  • "A sinister smile"
  • "His threatening behavior"
  • "Ugly black clouds"
  • "The situation became ugly"
    synonym:
  • baleful
  • ,
  • forbidding
  • ,
  • menacing
  • ,
  • minacious
  • ,
  • minatory
  • ,
  • ominous
  • ,
  • sinister
  • ,
  • threatening

Examples of using

There is a very strict rule forbidding smoking in bed.