IPA: tæbˈu


  • An inhibition or ban that results from social custom or emotional aversion.
  • (in Polynesia) Something which may not be used, approached or mentioned because it is sacred.


  • To mark as taboo.
  • To ban.
  • To avoid.


  • Excluded or forbidden from use, approach or mention.
  • Culturally forbidden.

Examples of "taboo" in Sentences

  • Second, the taboo has a proscription.
  • The tribe is rich in beliefs and taboos.
  • Frequently, the stories test the limits of taboo.
  • Such prenatal taboos still persisted to the 1930s.
  • The use of the mind meld was taboo for a period of time.
  • In Yazidism, the eating of lettuce and butter beans is taboo.
  • But the mention of the steatosis of the liver is still a taboo.
  • Arguably the most famous example of the genre is the taboo series.
  • A two sentence mention of it in the middle of the article is taboo.
  • It is a taboo subject to question the legitimacy and effectiveness of the law.
  • By far, the most important victory for breaking the word taboo comes in Cohen v.
  • In short, those negative precepts which we call taboo are just as vain and futile as those positive precepts which we call sorcery.
  • He says the Holocaust was being used to legitimise the suffering of other peoples and he wanted to break what he called a taboo on discussing it.
  • Thai government distanced itself Wednesday from remarks in the Minister Kasit Piromya about a need for a more open discussion of what he called the taboo subject of the role of the monarchy in
  • In an article in the Daily Telegraph, he describes the public reaction to his remarks as "hysterical", and says that a breach in what he calls the taboo on discussing race is "punished by ostracism and worse … the witch finders already have their sights on me".

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