forbidding

  • 1Forbidding — 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;… …

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  • 2forbidding — index bleak (not favorable), censorship, loathsome, lugubrious, odious, ominous, portentous (ominous) …

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  • 3forbidding — (adj.) uninviting, 1712, prp. adjective from FORBID (Cf. forbid). Related: Forbiddingly; forbiddingness …

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  • 4forbidding — [adj] ominous, daunting abhorrent, disagreeable, dour, foreboding, frightening, glowering, grim, hostile, menacing, odious, offensive, off putting, repellent, repulsive, sinister, threatening, tough, ugly, unapproachable, unfriendly, unpleasant;… …

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  • 5forbidding — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unfriendly or threatening. DERIVATIVES forbiddingly adverb …

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  • 6forbidding — [fər bid′iŋ, fôrbid′iŋ] adj. looking dangerous, threatening, or disagreeable; repellent forbiddingly adv …

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  • 7Forbidding — Shannara location name=Forbidding nickname= capital= inhabitants=Demons location=an alternate dimension parallel to the Four Lands appearance= The Elfstones of Shannara , the High Druid of Shannara The Forbidding is an alternate dimension… …

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  • 8forbidding — 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 adver …

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  • 9forbidding — forbiddingly, adv. forbiddingness, n. /feuhr bid ing, fawr /, adj. 1. grim; unfriendly; hostile; sinister: his forbidding countenance. 2. dangerous; threatening: forbidding clouds; forbidding cliffs. [1710 15; FORBID + ING2] * * * …

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  • 10forbidding — for|bid|ding [fəˈbıdıŋ US fər ] adj having a frightening or unfriendly appearance forbidding place/land/landscape etc ▪ We sailed past the island s rather dark and forbidding cliffs. ▪ His face was forbidding, even hostile. &GT;forbiddingly adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11forbidding — [[t]fə(r)bɪ̱dɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe a person, place, or thing as forbidding, you mean they have a severe, unfriendly, or threatening appearance. There was something a little severe and forbidding about her face. ...a huge, forbidding&#8230; …

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  • 12forbidding — for•bid•ding [[t]fərˈbɪd ɪŋ, fɔr [/t]] adj. 1) grim; threatening: a forbidding scowl[/ex] 2) dauntingly steep: forbidding cliffs[/ex] 3) cvb disagreeably difficult or challenging: a forbidding duty[/ex] • Etymology: 1710–15 for•bid′ding•ly, adv …

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  • 13forbidding — /fəˈbɪdɪŋ / (say fuh biding) adjective 1. causing dislike or fear: a forbidding countenance. 2. repellent; dangerous looking: forbidding cliffs; forbidding clouds. –forbiddingly, adverb –forbiddingness, noun …

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  • 14forbidding — adjective 1) a forbidding manner Syn: hostile, unwelcoming, unfriendly, off putting, unsympathetic, unapproachable, grim, stern, hard, tough, frosty Ant: friendly 2) the dark ca …

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  • 15Forbidding — 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&#8230; …

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  • 16forbidding — for|bid|ding [ fər bıdıŋ ] adjective appearing unfriendly or threatening: A university can seem like a forbidding place to new students …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17forbidding — adjective having a frightening or unfriendly appearance: Despite her forbidding manner she s actually quite a kind person. forbiddingly adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18forbidding — UK [fə(r)ˈbɪdɪŋ] / US [fərˈbɪdɪŋ] adjective appearing unfriendly or threatening A university can seem a forbidding place to new students …

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  • 19forbidding — [fəˈbɪdɪŋ] adj someone who is forbidding seems unfriendly or threatening …

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  • 20forbidding — adjective a) highly unpleasant or disagreeable b) threatening or menacing …

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