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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Taboo  \Ta*boo"\,  a.  [Written  also  {tapu}.]  [Polynesian  tabu, 
  tapu,  sacred,  under  restriction,  a  prohibition.] 
  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 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Taboo  \Ta*boo"\,  n. 
  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.  [Written  also 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Taboo  \Ta*boo"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Tabooed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  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.  [Written  also  {tabu}.] 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  excluded  from  use  or  mention;  "forbidden  fruit";  "in  our 
  house  dancing  and  playing  cards  were  out";  "a  taboo 
  subject"  [syn:  {forbidden},  {out(p)},  {prohibited},  {proscribed}, 
  2:  forbidden  to  profane  use  especially  in  South  Pacific  islands 
  [syn:  {tabu}] 
  n  1:  a  prejudice  (especially  in  Polynesia  and  other  S  Pacific 
  islands)  that  prohibits  the  use  or  mention  of  something 
  because  of  its  sacred  nature  [syn:  {tabu}] 
  2:  an  inhibition  or  ban  resulting  from  social  custom  or 
  emotional  aversion  [syn:  {tabu}] 
  v  :  declare  as  sacred  and  forbidden 

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