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Meaning of TABOO

Pronunciation:  ta'boo

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

TABOO is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: forbidden, impermissible, out(p), prohibited, proscribed, sacred, tabu, tabu, tabu, verboten
 See Also: bias, inhibition, preconception, prejudice, restrict



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ta*boo"\, a. [Written also {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
  2. \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
  3. \Ta*boo"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tabooed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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}.]