forbiddingly


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for·bid·ding

 (fər-bĭd′ĭng, fôr-)
adj.
1. Tending or threatening to impede progress: forbidding rapids.
2. Unpleasant; disagreeable: a forbidding scowl.
3. Having a menacing aspect: forbidding thunderclouds.

for·bid′ding·ly adv.
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Adv.1.forbiddingly - in an unpleasant or menacing manner; "it was forbiddingly dark in the corridor"
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forbiddingly

adv (= off-puttingly) (+adj) → abstoßend; long, steep, expensive, difficultentmutigend; (+vb) sayunfreundlich; lookstreng, unfreundlich; loombedrohlich; some find him forbiddingly aloofeinige finden ihn unnahbar in seiner Strenge; a forbiddingly black cloudeine bedrohlich schwarze Wolke
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forbiddingly

[fəˈbɪdɪŋlɪ] advminacciosamente
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It was a hard day's run, up the Canon, through Sheep Camp, past the Scales and the timber line, across glaciers and snowdrifts hundreds of feet deep, and over the great Chilcoot Divide, which stands between the salt water and the fresh and guards forbiddingly the sad and lonely North.
The cliff-like face of the quarry looked forbiddingly impressive.
We see Cullen earlier, a lone figure coming out of the night and into a pool of neon on a dark, empty street -- and the film's eerie, desolate look is key to its impact, though 30-year-old director Brady Corbet's most dazzling trick is to alternate that look with bold stylistic flourishes: a dream of an endless tunnel, a cut to a New York skyscraper looming up forbiddingly, a jittery comic montage on the joys of Stockholm.
Three hundred and fifty years after Rembrandt's death, authentic drawings are vanishingly rare and forbiddingly expensive.
However we choose to read this verse, one cannot escape the wildly fantastic image of the garden, usually a paradise, now transformed into an enchanted space where flowers stare forbiddingly.
As vineyard acreage, 3-3 hectares was not forbiddingly small.
And it's precisely this contradiction that is also key to the photos shown in Berlin: They are forbiddingly elegant, understated in their perfection, and at the same time frightening and mysterious--and that, ultimately, is what makes them so uncanny.
It's not particularly high, but the contrast between its forbiddingly bleak peaty world, inhabited by grouse and partridge, and the sumptuous fertility of the low-lying Golden Valley, is remarkable.
And it can hardly be doubted that there were unregenerate anti-Semites among her readers and among the adherents to her brand of populist nationalism who were delighted to have their worst suspicions confirmed by someone knowledgeable enough to produce a massive, forbiddingly dense tome.
With widespread unemployment and forbiddingly high house prices, many young adults are forced to live at home, leading to lives of isolation and depression that they seek to escape through marijuana.