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1. ban, banning, forbiddance, forbidding

an official prohibition or edict against something


2. dour, forbidding, grim

harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance

Example Sentences:
'a dour, self-sacrificing life'
'a forbidding scowl'
'a grim man loving duty more than humanity'
'undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw'

3. baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

Example Sentences:
'a baleful look'
'forbidding thunderclouds'
'his tone became menacing'
'ominous rumblings of discontent'
'sinister storm clouds'
'a sinister smile'
'his threatening behavior'
'ugly black clouds'
'the situation became ugly'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of forbidding
hostile or unfriendly
dangerous or ominous

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see synonyms of forbidding
looking dangerous, threatening, or disagreeable; repellent

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see synonyms of forbidding
1. Tending or threatening to impede progress: forbidding rapids.
2. Unpleasant; disagreeable: a forbidding scowl.
3. Having a menacing aspect: forbidding thunderclouds.

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