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Pronunciation:  fur'biding

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an official prohibition or edict against something
  2. [adj]  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"
  3. [adj]  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

FORBIDDING is a 10 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: alarming, baleful, ban, banning, dour, forbiddance, grim, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening, ugly, unpleasant
 See Also: prohibition, test ban



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\For*bid"ding\, a.
Repelling approach; repulsive; raising abhorrence, aversion,
or dislike; disagreeable; prohibiting or interdicting; as, a
forbidding aspect; a forbidding formality; a forbidding air.

Syn: Disagreeable; unpleasant; displeasing; offensive;
     repulsive; odious; abhorrent. -- {For*bid"ding*ly}, adv.
     -- {For*bid"ding*ness}, n.

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