Origin of verbotenGerman
If talking about politics at your dinner table is forbidden, political discussion is an example of something that is verboten.
Origin of verbotenGerman past participle of verbieten to forbid from Middle High German from Old High German farbiotan ; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots.
- forbidden, prohibited
A loanword with connotations of state authoritarianism, derived from a perception of the German Empire under Wilhelm II or Nazi Germany. Much stronger than merely "forbidden". Contemporary usage may be jocular.
From German verboten (“forbidden”).
- Especially verboten is the notion of listing on your invitation where you're registered.
- While it may seem sweets are verboten on a low carb diet, you might be surprised to learn several sweet snacks are "allowed."
- Just approaching the subject was verboten.
- We mutually agreed the subject of our tests was verboten until we were able to get together again in three weeks hence.