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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 can understand why some people might look at me and say, 'What's she got to be depressed about?' I get that a lot in Britain, where mental health issues seem to be a big taboo.
Natalie Imbruglia

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

But in most cases even the possibility that the correlations reflect shared genes is taboo.
Steven Pinker

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

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