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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TABOOING

I inferred rightly that my notoriety was what was tabooing me.

There is, indeed, a positive harm that results from the tabooing of the theatre by religious people.

No doubt there was a time when the stage was so profligate that the Puritans were justified in tabooing it altogether.

The clubs all forbid poker, but the tabooing order is more honored in its breach than its observance.

The tabooing was a less ornamental but more decidedly useful formality, for by it his person was declared sacred and inviolable.

But I can't lose a day of this wonder, and fortunately dear Aunt Ann never dreams of tabooing my sight-seeing.

WORD ORIGIN

1777 (in Cook's "A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean"), "consecrated, inviolable, forbidden, unclean or cursed," explained in some English sources as being from Tongan (Polynesian language of the island of Tonga) ta-bu "sacred," from ta "mark" + bu "especially." But this may be folk etymology, as linguists in the Pacific have reconstructed an irreducable Proto-Polynesian *tapu, from Proto-Oceanic *tabu "sacred, forbidden" (cf. Hawaiian kapu "taboo, prohibition, sacred, holy, consecrated;" Tahitian tapu "restriction, sacred;" Maori tapu "be under ritual restriction, prohibited"). The noun and verb are English innovations first recorded in Cook's book.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.