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Definition of Taboo

Taboo

  1. Set apart or sacred by religious custom among certain races of Polynesia, New Zealand, etc., and forbidden to certain persons or uses; hence, prohibited under severe penalties; interdicted; as, food, places, words, customs, etc., may be taboo.
  2. A total prohibition of intercourse with, use of, or approach to, a given person or thing under pain of death, -- an interdict of religious origin and authority, formerly common in the islands of Polynesia; interdiction.
  3. To put under taboo; to forbid, or to forbid the use of; to interdict approach to, or use of; as, to taboo the ground set apart as a sanctuary for criminals.

Taboo Quotations

Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It's the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.
Adam Ant

I was always intrigued by the idea of bringing things together that are considered taboo or risque and bringing them together with something of high elegance and sophistication.
Dita Von Teese

I don't think the idea of homosexuality is really taboo any more. Our culture is evolving. This is an exciting time to be living.
Andrew Lang

Lesbian existence comprises both the breaking of a taboo and the rejection of a compulsory way of life. It is also a direct or indirect attack on the male right of access to women.
Adrienne Rich

I've always been attracted to things that are taboo. I've never been afraid to go to that dark place.
Ricky Williams
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Taboo Translations

taboo in German is Tabu, unantastbar, Tabu
taboo in Hungarian is tabu
taboo in Swedish is tabu