Forbidding For*bid"ding, a. Repelling approach; repulsive; raising abhorrence, aversion, or dislike; disagreeable; prohibiting or interdicting; as, a forbidding aspect; a forbidding formality; a forbidding air.

Syn: Disagreeable; unpleasant; displeasing; offensive; repulsive; odious; abhorrent. -- {For*bid"ding*ly}, adv. -- {For*bid"ding*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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