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adjective, noun, verb (used with object)
proscribed by society as improper or unacceptable:
Taboo language is usually bleeped on TV.
Synonyms: prohibited, banned, forbidden, proscribed.
Antonyms: allowed, permitted, permissible; sanctioned.
prohibited or excluded from use or practice:
In art school, painting from photographs was taboo.
(among the Polynesians and other peoples of the South Pacific) separated or set apart as sacred; forbidden for general use; placed under a prohibition or ban.
Synonyms: sacrosanct, inviolable.
noun, plural taboos.
a prohibition or interdiction of anything; exclusion from use or practice:
One of the strongest taboos in all modern societies is against incest.
Synonyms: ban, proscription, embargo, interdiction; no-no.

the system, practice, or act whereby things are set apart as sacred, forbidden for general use, or placed under a prohibition or interdiction.
the condition of being so set apart, forbidden, or interdicted.

exclusion from social relations; ostracism.
verb (used with object), tabooed, tabooing.
to put under a taboo; prohibit or forbid.
Synonyms: prohibit, ban, forbid, proscribe.
Antonyms: allow, permit, sanction.
to ostracize (a person, group, etc.):
While he is tabooed, no one may speak to him.


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