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Adjective: forbidding  fu(r)'bi-ding or for'bi-ding
  1. Harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
    "a forbidding scowl";
    - dour, grim
  2. Indicating evil intent or suggesting tragic developments
    "forbidding thunderclouds";
    - baleful, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening
Noun: forbidding  fu(r)'bi-ding or for'bi-ding
  1. An official prohibition or edict against something
    - ban, banning, forbiddance
Verb: forbid (forbade,forbidden,forbidding, also forbad)  fu(r)'bid or for'bid
  1. Command against
    "I forbid you to call me late at night";
    - prohibit, interdict, proscribe, veto, disallow, nix [N. Amer, informal]
  2. Keep from happening or arising; make impossible
    "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer";
    - prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude

Derived forms: forbiddings

See also: alarming, unpleasant

Type of: command, prohibition, require

Antonym: permit

Encyclopedia: Forbid