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Synonyms for forbidding
fərˈbɪd ɪŋ, fɔr-for·bid·ding

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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. forbidding

    Synonyms:
    repulsive, deterrent, prohibitory, offensive

    Antonyms:
    attractive, encouraging, alluring, seductive, permissive

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ban, banning, forbiddance, forbiddingadjective

    an official prohibition or edict against something

    Synonyms:
    prohibition, ban, forbiddance, proscription, inhibition, banning

    Antonyms:
    unalarming, pleasant

  2. dour, forbidding, grimadjective

    harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

    "a dour, self-sacrificing life"; "a forbidding scowl"; "a grim man loving duty more than humanity"; "undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw"- J.M.Barrie

    Synonyms:
    down(p), dispirited, ominous, pertinacious, baleful, sullen, dogged, dark, moody, disconsolate, threatening, glum, black, grisly, drear, minatory, low, unrelenting, down in the mouth, stern, blue, glowering, unappeasable, gruesome, sour, sinister, macabre, downhearted, grim, saturnine, tenacious, mordant, drab, dour, downcast, menacing, unyielding, low-spirited, relentless, unforgiving, sick, gloomy, morose, ghastly, depressed, sorry, dingy, inexorable, dreary, dismal, persistent, minacious

    Antonyms:
    unalarming, pleasant

  3. baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threateningadjective

    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

    "a baleful look"; "forbidding thunderclouds"; "his tone became menacing"; "ominous rumblings of discontent"; "sinister storm clouds"; "a sinister smile"; "his threatening behavior"; "ugly black clouds"; "the situation became ugly"

    Synonyms:
    grim, inauspicious, sullen, minacious, baneful, lowering, black, baleful, dark, sinister, heavy, minatory, dour, ominous, menacing, ill, threatening

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, unalarming

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. forbiddingadjective

    Synonyms:
    repulsive, abhorrent, odious, disagreeable, unpleasant, offensive

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. forbiddingadjective

    Synonyms:
    repellent, repulsive, offensive, abhorrent, odious, repelling, grim

  2. forbiddingnoun

    Synonyms:
    prohibition, interdiction, proscription, restraint, inhibition, taboo

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "forbidding":

    prohibiting, banning

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How to use forbidding in a sentence?

  1. Mark Rappolt:

    It's a departure from the sort of very forbidding gallery that we're used to.

  2. Mark Rappolt:

    It's partly about breaking away from the conventional gallery model which is sort of a slightly oppressive white-cube space that could be in any place almost at any time and moving toward a series of galleries that are specific to their content, it's a departure from the sort of very forbidding gallery that we're used to.

  3. Stephen Diehl:

    We're not 'banning' or 'forbidding' anything. We've simply made a decision to stop selling these products in our own stores. Students — or faculty or staff for that matter — are still free to drink these beverages if they wish, and there are plenty of places in our town where they can be purchased. We just don't want to encourage or contribute to their consumption.

  4. Jeremy Dys:

    Whether a student is being patriotic or engaging in religious speech, there is no law in this country forbidding a student from telling his or her classmates, ‘God bless America’ and it is illegal for a school to censor a student for doing so.

  5. Angelique Delahaye:

    The agricultural sector depends highly on it and it is absolutely necessary to find solutions to replace it before totally forbidding it.


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