Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun tabu

2 senses of tabu

Sense 1
taboo, tabu -- (a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature)
       => bias, prejudice, preconception -- (a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation)

Sense 2
taboo, tabu -- (an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion)
       => inhibition -- (the quality of being inhibited)

Antonyms of adj tabu

2 senses of tabu

Sense 1
taboo, tabu -- (forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands)

INDIRECT (VIA sacred) -> profane, secular -- (not concerned with or devoted to religion; "sacred and profane music"; "secular drama"; "secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment")

Sense 2
forbidden, out (predicate), prohibited, proscribed, taboo, tabu, verboten -- (excluded from use or mention; "forbidden fruit"; "in our house dancing and playing cards were out"; "a taboo subject")

INDIRECT (VIA impermissible) -> permissible, allowable -- (that may be permitted especially as according to rule; "permissible behavior in school"; "a permissible tax deduction")

Similarity of adj tabu

2 senses of tabu

Sense 1
taboo, tabu -- (forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands)
       => sacred (vs. profane) -- (concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music")

Sense 2
forbidden, out (predicate), prohibited, proscribed, taboo, tabu, verboten -- (excluded from use or mention; "forbidden fruit"; "in our house dancing and playing cards were out"; "a taboo subject")
       => impermissible (vs. permissible) -- (not permitted; "impermissible behavior")

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