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Taboo Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion
  • a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature
  • declare as sacred and forbidden
  • excluded from use or mention; "forbidden fruit"; "in our house dancing and playing cards were out"; "a taboo subject"
  • forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature ,
  • an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion

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Taboo Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


In a group, a taboo is something that the group looks down on upon. People usually will not talk about taboos. Doing something that is known as a taboo is usually seen as a bad thing by the community or society. Certain actions that are thought of as taboo are against the law in certain countries. Breaking the taboo may be punished hard by those states. Breaking other taboos can result in feeling embarrassed, or ashamed. Breaking a taboo is sometimes seen as rude.

The English word is traced back to Tongan tapu In its current use in Tonga, the word tapu also means "sacred" or "holy", in the sense of being restricted or protected by custom or by law. For example, the main island in the Kingdom of Tonga, where the capital Nuku'alofa is located and most of the population resides, is called "Tongatapu".



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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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