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(tă′bo͞o′, tə-)
n.adj. & v.
Variant of taboo.


(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.
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.
6. to put under a taboo; prohibit or forbid.
7. to ostracize.
[1770–80; < Tongan tapu or Fijian tabu]


Past participle: tabued
Gerund: tabuing

I tabu
you tabu
he/she/it tabus
we tabu
you tabu
they tabu
I tabued
you tabued
he/she/it tabued
we tabued
you tabued
they tabued
Present Continuous
I am tabuing
you are tabuing
he/she/it is tabuing
we are tabuing
you are tabuing
they are tabuing
Present Perfect
I have tabued
you have tabued
he/she/it has tabued
we have tabued
you have tabued
they have tabued
Past Continuous
I was tabuing
you were tabuing
he/she/it was tabuing
we were tabuing
you were tabuing
they were tabuing
Past Perfect
I had tabued
you had tabued
he/she/it had tabued
we had tabued
you had tabued
they had tabued
I will tabu
you will tabu
he/she/it will tabu
we will tabu
you will tabu
they will tabu
Future Perfect
I will have tabued
you will have tabued
he/she/it will have tabued
we will have tabued
you will have tabued
they will have tabued
Future Continuous
I will be tabuing
you will be tabuing
he/she/it will be tabuing
we will be tabuing
you will be tabuing
they will be tabuing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tabuing
you have been tabuing
he/she/it has been tabuing
we have been tabuing
you have been tabuing
they have been tabuing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tabuing
you will have been tabuing
he/she/it will have been tabuing
we will have been tabuing
you will have been tabuing
they will have been tabuing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tabuing
you had been tabuing
he/she/it had been tabuing
we had been tabuing
you had been tabuing
they had been tabuing
I would tabu
you would tabu
he/she/it would tabu
we would tabu
you would tabu
they would tabu
Past Conditional
I would have tabued
you would have tabued
he/she/it would have tabued
we would have tabued
you would have tabued
they would have tabued
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tabu - 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.tabu - an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion
inhibition - the quality of being inhibited
Adj.1.tabu - forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
2.tabu - excluded from use or mention; "forbidden fruit"; "in our house dancing and playing cards were out"; "a taboo subject"
impermissible - not permitted; "impermissible behavior"


also tabu
bannaîur, forboîinn



(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.


, tabu
n. tabú, prohibición;
a. prohibido-a.
References in classic literature ?
For thousands of years this clan have dwelt in Shechem under strict tabu, and having little commerce or fellowship with their fellow men of any religion or nationality.
Teniendo como datos iniciales los datos suministrados por la empresa y la distribucion de las demandas, los cuales haran parte la busqueda Tabu que dara como solucion para la minimizacion del costo total de los inventarios, como la suma de los costos de produccion y de almacenamiento, la cantidad de pedidos y el respectivo costo total.
A local leader said Saturday that the fighting was sparked by the killing of a guard of the city's military leader, a member of the Awlad Soliman tribe, in retaliation for 2012 killings of dozens of Tabu men.
Braunstein, Octavio Chamizo, Anne Dufourmantelle, Betty Bernardo Fuks, Patricia Gherovici, Caterina Koltai, Daniel Koren, Paola Mieli, Jacques Nassif, Marcio Seligmann-Silva--estan conscientes de que cada uno, a su manera, participa de ese ceremonial arcaico en torno a un libro que no solo se titula Totem y tabu sino que en cierto modo lo es el mismo desde el momento de su edicion.
Enfatizan: "Totem y tabu no solo es un texto capital en la obra de Freud; es intemporal, impermeable al flujo de los hechos sociales y a la transitoriedad de los fenomenos culturales y politicos que han transformado la faz de la tierra, pero no las posiciones subjetivas de sus habitantes.
Mohamed Sidi Ibrahim, a Tabu leader, underlined that the south of Libya is the symbol of tolerance and altruism and the reconciliation agreement reached is an example to be followed by others in order to build a new, united and secure Libya.
In the frame now are actress Tabu and newcomer Daisy Shah.
And as the frame descends down an escalator into a plastic rainforest-cafeteria walled in by glass--a faded inscription reads "BANK PATRONS ONLY"--Gian Luca rolls the narrative back to the aforementioned territory, nestled below Mount Tabu, where Aurora spent her young womanhood.
El procedimiento de evaluacion consistio en construir un indice de supuesto uso de las palabras tabu, con el fin de compararlas entre las diferentes situaciones (formales e informales), y por las caracteristicas sociodemograficas (sexo, lugar de procedencia, edad, nivel educativo y nivel socioeconomico).
The former Tabu club on Westgate Street in Cardiff is set to be transformed into a stylish cafe bar, below
Tabu tribal spokesman Mohammed Lino said about 70 Tabu homes were burned and 100 families were forced to flee the town.