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Taboo Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    taboo 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, tabu, verboten]
  2. forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands [syn: tabu] n
  3. a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature [syn: tabu]
  4. an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion [syn: tabu] v : declare as sacred and forbidden
Taboo Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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 taboo.
Taboo Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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 tabu.]

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  • Taboo: A taboo is a strong social prohibition (or ban ) relating to any area of human activity or social custom that is sacred and forbidden ...
  • Taboo (Buck-Tick album): Taboo is the fourth album by Buck-Tick , released on January 18, 1989 It was released on cassette, two record vinyl set (one is a blank ...
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  • Taboo (rapper): Jaime Luis G√≥mez (born July 14, 1975), better known by his stage name Taboo is a rapper and actor best known as a member of the hip hop ...
  • Taboo food and drink: Taboo food and drink are food and beverages which people abstain from consuming for religious, cultural or hygienic reasons. ...
  • Naming taboo: Naming taboo is a cultural taboo against speaking or writing the given names of exalted persons in China and neighboring nations in the ...
  • Taboo (musical): Taboo is a stage musical with a book by Mark Davies (extensively rewritten for the Broadway production by Charles Busch ), lyrics by Boy ...
  • Taboo (film series): Taboo is a pornographic movie series of the 1980s, which eroticizes father-daughter & mother-son incest . It stars Kay Parker , and was ...
  • Taboo (Kumi Koda song): Taboo is the 41st single released in by Kumi Koda . The single was released on October 8, 2008, containing "Taboo", "Always", a remix of " ...
  • Taboo (comics): Taboo was a comics anthology edited by Steve Bissette that was designed to feature edgier and more adult comics than could be published ...

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* At least one way of measuring the freedom of any society is the amount of comedy that is permitted, and clearly a healthy society permits more satirical comment than a repressive, so that if comedy is to function in some way as a safety release then it must obviously deal with these taboo areas. This is part of the responsibility we accord our licensed jesters, that nothing be excused the searching light of comedy. If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value, and conversely all groups who claim immunity from laughter are claiming special privileges which should not be granted. - Eric Idle


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