adjective Date: 1599 1. such as to make approach or passage difficult or impossible <
forbidding walls
2. disagreeable, repellent <
a forbidding task
3. grim, menacing <
a dark forbidding sky
forbiddingly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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