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Meaning & Definition of Taboo in English

English

Taboo

/tæbu/

noun

1. A prejudice (especially in polynesia and other south pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature

    synonym:
  • taboo
  • ,
  • tabu

2. An inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion

    synonym:
  • taboo
  • ,
  • tabu

verb

1. Declare as sacred and forbidden

    synonym:
  • taboo

adjective

1. Excluded from use or mention

  • "Forbidden fruit"
  • "In our house dancing and playing cards were out"
  • "A taboo subject"
    synonym:
  • forbidden
  • ,
  • out(p)
  • ,
  • prohibited
  • ,
  • proscribed
  • ,
  • taboo
  • ,
  • tabu
  • ,
  • verboten

2. Forbidden to profane use especially in south pacific islands

    synonym:
  • taboo
  • ,
  • tabu