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taboo

noun [C]     /təˈbuː/ (plural taboos)
an action or word that is avoided for religious or social reasons : In this society there is a taboo on/against any sort of public display of affection .Forbidding and banning things Grammar:Swearing and taboo expressionsSwear words and taboo words can intensify what is said, but they can shock or give offence. Swearing and the use of taboo words and expressions is quite common in speaking. We often hear and use it both in private and in public settings and in films, on television and on the radio. taboo adjective For some people , death is a taboo subject .
(Definition of taboo noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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