Definition of forbidding in English:

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Pronunciation: /fərˈbidiNG/


Unfriendly or threatening in appearance: a grim and forbidding building
More example sentences
  • She found that she could not think straight, for her mind kept returning to the forbidding trees - unfriendly reminders of the peaceful days of her childhood.
  • His first impression was the airport, which seemed a very forbidding, communist building.
  • He started Baptist church school at the age of eight, in a forbidding Victorian grey brick building.
hostile, unwelcoming, unfriendly, off-putting, unsympathetic, unapproachable, grim, stern, hard, tough, frosty
threatening, ominous, menacing, sinister, brooding, daunting, intimidating, formidable, fearsome, frightening, terrifying, chilling, disturbing, disquieting



Pronunciation: /fərˈbidiNGlē/
Example sentences
  • Not that he seems to have much time for books, surfing or other diversions: ‘What is permissible and forbidden is clarified here,’ he declares rather forbiddingly.
  • It is played out with unimpeachable integrity and care, but a sudden switchback in the narrative turns everything forbiddingly and even frustratingly dark and means that much of the movie's inner emotional life is amputated.
  • Not only too tall, they also cut off other lower Manhattan neighborhoods from one another with their barrier-like raised plaza, forbiddingly deserted at night and on weekends.

Words that rhyme with forbidding


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Syllabification: for·bid·ding

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