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ta·boo

also ta·bu  (tă′bo͞o′, tə-)
n. pl. ta·boos also ta·bus
1. A ban or inhibition resulting from social custom or emotional aversion.
2.
a. A prohibition, especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands, excluding something from use, approach, or mention because of its sacred and inviolable nature.
b. An object, word, or act protected by such a prohibition.
adj.
Excluded or forbidden from use, approach, or mention: a taboo subject.
tr.v. ta·booed, ta·boo·ing, ta·boos also ta·bued or ta·bu·ing or ta·bus
To exclude from use, approach, or mention; place under taboo.

[Tongan tabu, under prohibition, from Proto-Polynesian *tapu.]
Word History: The word taboo first appears in English in the journals of Captain James Cook, the British explorer who led three expeditions to the Pacific Ocean and greatly broadened European knowledge about the peoples living on the Pacific islands. In 1777, Cook wrote that the word "taboo ... has a very comprehensive meaning; but, in general, signifies that a thing is forbidden.... When any thing is forbidden to be eat, or made use of, they say, that it is taboo." Cook was in Tonga at the time, and so it is the Tongan form tabu that is the source of the English word taboo. However, words related to Tongan tabu are found in other Polynesian languages, such as Maori tapu and Hawaiian kapu. (In the history of Hawaiian, the original Polynesian t-sound has regularly changed to a k-sound.) Other words Cook brought back from his journeys include tattoo (also of Polynesian origin) and kangaroo (from Guugu Yimidhirr, a language of Australia).

taboo

(təˈbuː) or

tabu

adj
1. (Sociology) forbidden or disapproved of; placed under a social prohibition or ban: taboo words.
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) (in Polynesia and other islands of the South Pacific) marked off as simultaneously sacred and forbidden
n, pl -boos or -bus
3. (Sociology) any prohibition resulting from social or other conventions
4. (Anthropology & Ethnology) ritual restriction or prohibition, esp of something that is considered holy or unclean
vb
(tr) to place under a taboo
[C18: from Tongan tapu]

ta•boo

(təˈbu, tæ-)

adj., n., pl. -boos, adj.
1. proscribed by society as improper or unacceptable: taboo words.
2. set apart as sacred; forbidden for general use; placed under a prohibition or bar.
n.
3. a prohibition or interdiction of something; exclusion from use or practice.
4. the system or practice of setting things apart as sacred or forbidden for general use.
5. exclusion from social relations; ostracism.
v.t.
6. to put under a taboo; prohibit or forbid.
7. to ostracize.
[1770–80; < Tongan tapu or Fijian tabu]

taboo


Past participle: tabooed
Gerund: tabooing

Imperative
taboo
taboo
Present
I taboo
you taboo
he/she/it taboos
we taboo
you taboo
they taboo
Preterite
I tabooed
you tabooed
he/she/it tabooed
we tabooed
you tabooed
they tabooed
Present Continuous
I am tabooing
you are tabooing
he/she/it is tabooing
we are tabooing
you are tabooing
they are tabooing
Present Perfect
I have tabooed
you have tabooed
he/she/it has tabooed
we have tabooed
you have tabooed
they have tabooed
Past Continuous
I was tabooing
you were tabooing
he/she/it was tabooing
we were tabooing
you were tabooing
they were tabooing
Past Perfect
I had tabooed
you had tabooed
he/she/it had tabooed
we had tabooed
you had tabooed
they had tabooed
Future
I will taboo
you will taboo
he/she/it will taboo
we will taboo
you will taboo
they will taboo
Future Perfect
I will have tabooed
you will have tabooed
he/she/it will have tabooed
we will have tabooed
you will have tabooed
they will have tabooed
Future Continuous
I will be tabooing
you will be tabooing
he/she/it will be tabooing
we will be tabooing
you will be tabooing
they will be tabooing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tabooing
you have been tabooing
he/she/it has been tabooing
we have been tabooing
you have been tabooing
they have been tabooing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tabooing
you will have been tabooing
he/she/it will have been tabooing
we will have been tabooing
you will have been tabooing
they will have been tabooing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tabooing
you had been tabooing
he/she/it had been tabooing
we had been tabooing
you had been tabooing
they had been tabooing
Conditional
I would taboo
you would taboo
he/she/it would taboo
we would taboo
you would taboo
they would taboo
Past Conditional
I would have tabooed
you would have tabooed
he/she/it would have tabooed
we would have tabooed
you would have tabooed
they would have tabooed

taboo

1. A word of Polynesian/Melanesian origin which is used in anthropology to refer to an action, object, or space which society regards as forbidden. For example, in many societies, incest is taboo.
2. A prohibition that a society places on a particular form of behavior.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taboo - a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature
bias, prejudice, preconception - a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
Polynesia - the islands in the eastern part of Oceania
2.taboo - an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion
inhibition - the quality of being inhibited
Verb1.taboo - declare as sacred and forbidden
restrict - place under restrictions; limit access to; "This substance is controlled"
Adj.1.taboo - excluded from use or mention; "forbidden fruit"; "in our house dancing and playing cards were out"; "a taboo subject"
impermissible - not permitted; "impermissible behavior"
2.taboo - forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"

taboo

noun
1. prohibition, ban, restriction, disapproval, anathema, interdict, proscription Not all men respect the taboo against bedding a friend's woman.

taboo

also tabu
nounadjectiveverb
Translations
tabutabuizovanýtabuizovat
tabutabubelagt
tabutabu-
tabu
tabu
bannaîur, forboîinn
タブータブーとなっている
금기금지된
tabu
tabu
tabu
tabutabuförklarad
ข้อห้ามซึ่งต้องห้าม
cấm kỵđiều cấm kỵ

taboo

tabu [təˈbuː]
A. ADJ (socially) → tabú; (religiously) → sagrado
the subject is tabooel asunto es tema tabú
B. N (social) → tabú m

taboo

[təˈbuː]
adjtabou(e)
Cancer is a taboo subject → Le cancer est un sujet tabou.
ntabou m
a taboo on sth → un tabou sur qch

taboo

, tabu
nTabu nt; to be a tabootabu sein, unter einem Tabu stehen
adjtabu; taboo wordsTabuwörter pl
vtfür tabu erklären, tabui(sier)eren

taboo

[təˈbuː] adj & ntabù (m) inv

taboo,

tabu

(təˈbuː) plurals taˈboos ~taˈbus noun, adjective
(something) forbidden for religious reasons or because it is against social custom. Alcohol is (a) taboo in Muslim societies.

taboo

مُحَرَّم tabu, tabuizovaný tabu, tabubelagt tabu ταμπού tabú tabu, tabu- tabou tabu tabù タブー, タブーとなっている 금기, 금지된 taboe tabu zakaz, zakazany tabu запретный, табу tabu, tabuförklarad ข้อห้าม, ซึ่งต้องห้าม tabu cấm kỵ, điều cấm kỵ 禁忌, 禁忌的

ta·boo

, tabu
n. tabú, prohibición;
a. prohibido-a.

taboo

adj prohibido; n (pl taboos) tabú m
References in classic literature ?
I have been under a Taboo in that infernal scoundrel's service.
Young was obliged to submit, and remained all day in great perplexity to account for this mysterious taboo, and fearful that some hostility was intended.
She laid a taboo upon the forecourt, and enforced it by means of an armed man.
And yet 1 am not one of those who hold that the previous romances of married people should be taboo between them in after life.
On all other topics than his scientific work their interests were as mutual as formerly, but by what seemed a manner of tacit agreement this subject was taboo.
The salt sea, as well as the lagoons that led out of the salt sea, were taboo.
The taboo of the chicken Michael had been well taught in his earliest days at Meringe.
Tambo is Melanesian for taboo, and is first cousin to that Polynesian word.
They said Dog-Tooth was different from other men and second only to God that Big-Fat kept in his taboo house, and Dog-Tooth said so, too, and wanted to know who were they to grumble about how many wives he took.
And thus he learned that there was no taboo on jackrabbits.
     With Heaven's taboo to palter;
I reminded Charmian of the canoe houses from which she had been barred in the South Pacific, where the kinky-haired cannibals escaped from their womenkind and feasted and drank by themselves, the sacred precincts taboo to women under pain of death.