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An indulgence or a pleasure that is illegal or is believed to be immoral.
[From the story of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, forbidden to Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:16-3:19.]
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any pleasure or enjoyment regarded as illicit, esp sexual indulgence
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1. 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.
2. any unlawful or immoral pleasure.
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|Noun||1.||forbidden fruit - originally an apple from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden; it is now used to refer to anything that is tempting but dangerous (as sexuality)|
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