the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, tasted by Adam and Eve against God’s prohibition. Gen. 2:17; 3:3.
any unlawful pleasure, especially illicit sexual indulgence.
any pleasure or enjoyment regarded as illicit, esp sexual indulgence
The fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, often pictured as an apple, which God forbade Adam and Eve to eat. Their disobedience brought about the Fall of Man.
Note: “Forbidden fruit” is used commonly to refer to anything that is tempting but potentially dangerous. It is often associated with sexuality.
Unlawful pleasure or enjoyment; illicit love. For example, After Mary moved in with John, Tom began courting her—forbidden fruit is sweet, I guess, or Smoking behind the woodshed, that’s a case of forbidden fruit. This expression alludes to Adam and Eve’s violation of God’s commandment not to touch fruit from the tree of knowledge, which resulted in their expulsion from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6). In the form forbidden fruit is sweet it appeared in numerous early English proverb collections.
[fer-bid-n, fawr-] /fərˈbɪd n, fɔr-/ verb 1. a past participle of . adjective 2. not allowed; prohibited: a forbidden food in his religion. 3. Physics. involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by the selection rules: forbidden transition. /fəˈbɪdən/ adjective 1. not permitted by order or law 2. (physics) involving a change […]
- Forbidden transition
noun 1. (physics) an electronic transition in an atom, molecule, etc, that is not permitted by electric dipole selection rules
[fer-bid-ing, fawr-] /fərˈbɪd ɪŋ, fɔr-/ adjective 1. grim; unfriendly; hostile; sinister: his forbidding countenance. 2. dangerous; threatening: forbidding clouds; forbidding cliffs. [fer-bid, fawr-] /fərˈbɪd, fɔr-/ verb (used with object), forbade or forbad or forbid, forbidden or forbid, forbidding. 1. to command (a person) not to do something, have something, etc., or not to enter some […]
[fawr-bawr, -bohr] /fɔrˈbɔr, -ˈboʊr/ verb 1. simple past tense of 1 . [fawr-bair] /fɔrˈbɛər/ verb (used with object), forbore, forborne, forbearing. 1. to refrain or abstain from; desist from. 2. to keep back; withhold. 3. Obsolete. to endure. verb (used without object), forbore, forborne, forbearing. 4. to refrain; hold back. 5. to be patient or […]