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forbidding (See forbid)


1 command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night"; "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store" [syn: prohibit, interdict, proscribe, veto, disallow] [ant: permit, permit]
2 keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" [syn: prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude] [also: forbidding, forbidden, forbade, forbad]forbidding adj
1 harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance; "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"- J.M.Barrie [syn: dour, grim]
2 threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments; "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" [syn: baleful, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening, ugly] n : an official prohibition or edict against something [syn: ban, banning, forbiddance]

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  1. present participle of forbid

Extensive Definition

The Forbidding is an alternate dimension contained within the Shannara series of books by Terry Brooks. It runs parallel to the dimension in which all of the races live, the Four Lands. Also, the layout of the land is almost identical, although locations are given similar names [eg. Dragon's Teeth, Dragon Line]. The Forbidding contains all of the Demons of the world, which were trapped there by the Elves many years before the start of the Shannara books. Within Arborlon, the Elven capital, resides the Ellcrys, an Elf who has willingly given her life to serve in tree form, protecting and guarding the barrier between the Forbidding and the world of humanity.

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