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4 definitions found
 for forbidding
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forbid \For*bid"\ (f[o^]r*b[i^]d"), v. t. [imp. Forbade
     (f[o^]r*b[a^]d"); p. p. Forbidden (f[o^]r*b[i^]d"d'n)
     ({Forbid, [Obs.]); p. pr. & vb. n. Forbidding
     (f[o^]r*b[i^]d"d[i^]ng).] [OE. forbeden, AS. forbe['o]dan;
     pref. for- + be['o]dan to bid; akin to D. verbieden, G.
     verbieten, Icel. fyrirbj[=o][eth]a, forbo[eth]a, Sw.
     f["o]rbjuda, Dan. forbyde. See Bid, v. t.]
     1. To command against, or contrary to; to prohibit; to
        interdict.
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              More than I have said . . .
              The leisure and enforcement of the time
              Forbids to dwell upon.                --Shak.
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     2. To deny, exclude from, or warn off, by express command; to
        command not to enter.
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              Have I not forbid her my house?       --Shak.
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     3. To oppose, hinder, or prevent, as if by an effectual
        command; as, an impassable river forbids the approach of
        the army.
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              A blaze of glory that forbids the sight. --Dryden.
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     4. To accurse; to blast. [Obs.]
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              He shall live a man forbid.           --Shak.
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     5. To defy; to challenge. [Obs.] --L. Andrews.
  
     Syn: To prohibit; interdict; hinder; preclude; withhold;
          restrain; prevent. See Prohibit.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forbidding \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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  forbidding
      adj 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
             [syn: 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" [syn:
         baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory,
         ominous, sinister, threatening]
      n 1: an official prohibition or edict against something [syn:
           ban, banning, forbiddance, forbidding]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  125 Moby Thesaurus words for "forbidding":
     Olympian, abhorrent, abominable, aloof, awful, backward, bad, base,
     bashful, beastly, below contempt, beneath contempt, blank, chilled,
     chilly, cold, constrained, contemptible, cool, crude, dangerous,
     despicable, detached, deterrent, deterring, detestable,
     discouraging, discreet, disgusting, distant, dreadful, exclusive,
     execrable, expressionless, fetid, forestalling, foul, frightful,
     frigid, frosty, fulsome, ghastly, grisly, gross, gruesome, guarded,
     harsh, hateful, heinous, hideous, horrible, horrid, hostile, icy,
     ignoble, impassive, impersonal, inaccessible, inhibitive,
     inhibitory, interdictive, interdictory, introverted, loathsome,
     malodorous, menacing, mephitic, miasmal, miasmic, modest, nasty,
     nauseating, noisome, noxious, objectionable, obnoxious, obscene,
     odious, offensive, offish, ominous, preclusive, preventative,
     preventive, prohibiting, prohibitive, prohibitory, prophylactic,
     proscriptive, rebarbative, remote, removed, repellent, repelling,
     repressed, repressive, repugnant, repulsive, reserved, restrained,
     reticent, retiring, revolting, shrinking, sickening, standoff,
     standoffish, stern, stinking, subdued, suppressed, suppressive,
     terrible, threatening, ugly, unaffable, unapproachable,
     uncongenial, undemonstrative, unexpansive, unfriendly, ungenial,
     unpleasant, vile, withdrawn
  
  

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