Definitions of taboo

  1. excluded from use or mention; " forbidden fruit"; " in our house dancing and playing cards were out"; " a taboo subject"
  2. declare as sacred and forbidden
  3. an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion
  4. a prejudice ( especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature
  5. forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands
  6. 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 taboo.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Any negative tradition or behavior that is generally regarded as harmful to social welfare and forbidden within a cultural or social group.
  10. A religious system or practice, in use among certain savage races, by which certain acts and things were made sacred and forbidden; ban.
  11. To forbid approach to, or use of.
  12. Set apart or sacred by religious custom; prohibited by social custom.
  13. Tabooed.
  14. Tabooing.
  15. A religious interdict among the Polynesians; prohibition.
  16. To forbid approach or allusion to.
  17. To forbid; exclude.
  18. A Polynesian custom, whereby things are set apart as sacred or forbidden to be used.
  19. Prohibition or interdict by religious consecration or the reverse, of great force among the Polynesians.
  20. To forbid, or to forbid the use of; to interdict approach or use.
  21. In the Pacific Isles, a religious rite by which anything whatsoever is rendered sacred and inviolable.
  22. To forbid the use of; to render inviolable; to forbid approach or use.

Usage examples for taboo

  1. And Sipar was also their taboo, for he had not feared the donovan. – The World That Couldn't Be by Clifford Donald Simak
  2. Money matters was just about the one real taboo that she respected and to break over this habitual reticence even with an old friend like Wallace troubled her delicacy. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  3. Bless you, this is my private path; it's officially taboo to the natives, by special arrangement with the old witch doctor effect that runs their affairs. – The Sea Bride by Ben Ames Williams
  4. " And your name, who you are"- he was speaking, but he did not seem to recognise his own voice-" the hundred other things I've sworn I'd make you explain when I found you, are all taboo as well, I suppose!" – The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  5. 8. The thunder taboo. – Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before by George Turner
  6. Races in this curious state of ceremonial subjection often account for death as the punishment imposed for breaking some taboo. – Modern Mythology by Andrew Lang
  7. Fathers guilty of incestuous practices would therefore be unable to dispose of their daughters to advantage, and thus a prejudice in favor of domestic purity would gradually arise which a shrewd medicine man would some day raise to the rank of a religious or social taboo. – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  8. The other subject which was taboo between them was Mabel Digby's relation to young Kaye. – Jane Oglander by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  9. Sentences would be begun and left unfinished, as if the speaker had suddenly remembered that the subject was taboo. – Patricia Brent, Spinster by Herbert Jenkins
  10. Liquor was taboo in the camp, but he gave orders that unlimited cigars be distributed. – The Iron Trail by Rex Beach
  11. Perhaps they have recourse to them when misfortunes occur; for they asked, if one of our men, who happened to be confined, when we were detained by a contrary wind, was taboo? – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  12. We must return them and make that valley and what it holds taboo. – The Defiant Agents by Andre Alice Norton
  13. The charm of the taboo was now removed; and we had no sooner left the place, than the natives rushed in, and searched eagerly about, in expectation of finding something of value, that we might have left behind. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  14. She was different, evil, taboo. – Si'Wren of the Patriarchs by Roland Cheney
  15. No. 8 was barred to George as much by his own dignity as by the invisible sword of the old man; and of course he could not break the immemorial savage taboo of a club by introducing a girl into it. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  16. Probably there was some taboo. – The Hero by Elaine Wilber
  17. I wonder if you would let me order dinner for both of us, provided I taboo fruit. – The Iron Trail by Rex Beach
  18. It is said that he might not eat of the flesh of the dog, and he came by his death after transgressing this totemistic taboo. – Folklore as an Historical Science by George Laurence Gomme
  19. Will you tell me what you plan to do, or is that also taboo? – The Monk of Hambleton by Armstrong Livingston
  20. Why is a subject in which we are all keenly interested to be taboo? – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman