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ban

[ ban ]SEE DEFINITION OF ban
  • nounofficial forbiddance
  • verbofficially forbid

Synonyms for ban

  • boycott
  • censorship
  • embargo
  • injunction
  • prohibition
  • refusal
  • restriction
  • interdiction
  • limitation
  • proscription
  • stoppage
  • suppression
  • taboo
  • a thou-shalt-not
  • don't
  • no-no
  • off limits
  • out of bounds
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Antonyms for ban

  • approval
  • sanction
  • allowance
  • permission
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BAN

He has placed your city of Coimbra under a ban of excommunication.

How could he exist with the knowledge that he was under the ban of the gods?

But the Rabbis shook their heads and laid the ban upon him and his disciples.

Helena de' Franchi gave the news of the ban to Giuseppe de' Franchi.

Then, bleeding, he sat on the ground, and heard the ban solemnly removed.

The interesting invalid has lifted the ban, which was crushing one of us, at least.

The contemner of the ban of Sinai fell "stricken through" the body.

She must have no terms with it; if she would be true to her Master, she must ban and anathematize it.

The ban of secrecy had made it, doubtless, an object of suspicion.

Nature creates her own ranks, and puts her ban upon misalliances.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bannan "to summon, command, proclaim," from Proto-Germanic *bannan "proclaim, command, forbid" (cf. Old High German bannan "to command or forbid under threat of punishment," German bannen "banish, expel, curse"), originally "to speak publicly," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak" (cf. Old Irish bann "law," Armenian ban "word;" see fame (n.)).

Main modern sense of "to prohibit" (late 14c.) is from Old Norse cognate banna "to curse, prohibit," and probably in part from Old French ban, which meant "outlawry, banishment," among other things (see banal) and was a borrowing from Germanic. The sense evolution in Germanic was from "speak" to "proclaim a threat" to (in Norse, German, etc.) "curse."

The Germanic root, borrowed in Latin and French, has been productive, e.g. banish, bandit, contraband, etc. Related: Banned; banning. Banned in Boston dates from 1920s, in allusion to the excessive zeal and power of that city's Watch and Ward Society.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BAN

anathema

noundenouncement
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