Part of speech: verb

To forbid; exclude.

Part of speech: noun

A Polynesian custom, whereby things are set apart as sacred or forbidden to be used.

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Usage examples "taboo":

  1. In the event of the youngest daughter changing her religion, or committing an act of sang, or taboo, she loses her position in the family, and is succeeded, by her next youngest sister, as in the case of a death. - "The Khasis", P. R. T. Gurdon.
  2. Fathers guilty of incestuous practices would therefore be unable to dispose of their daughters to advantage, and thus a prejudice in favor of domestic purity would gradually arise which a shrewd medicine man would some day raise to the rank of a religious or social taboo. - "Primitive Love and Love-Stories", Henry Theophilus Finck.
  3. Some subjects were altogether taboo- modern history was among them. - "Rome", Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker Hope Malleson.