Etymology
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forbidding (adj.)

1570s, "that forbids;" 1712 as "uninviting," present-participle adjective from forbid. Related: Forbiddingly; forbiddingness.

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Definitions of forbidding
1
forbidding (adj.)
harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance; "undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- J.M.Barrie;
a forbidding scowl
Synonyms: dour / grim
forbidding (adj.)
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments;
forbidding thunderclouds
Synonyms: baleful / menacing / minacious / minatory / ominous / sinister / threatening
2
forbidding (n.)
an official prohibition or edict against something;
Synonyms: ban / banning / forbiddance
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