forbidden fruit


forbidden fruit
noun
originally an apple from the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden; it is now used to refer to anything that is tempting but dangerous (as sexuality)
Hypernyms: ↑temptation, ↑enticement

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noun
1. : an immoral pleasure (as illicit sexual intercourse)
2.
a. : any of several varieties of citrus fruit; especially : a small shaddock
b. : the fruit of a Ceylonese tree (Tabernaemontana dichotoma) that has powerfully narcotic seeds
3. [from Forbidden Fruit, a trademark] : an American liqueur of orange color made from grape brandy flavored with shaddock

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1. the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, tasted by Adam and Eve against God's prohibition. Gen. 2:17; 3:3.
2. any unlawful pleasure, esp. illicit sexual indulgence.
3. pomelo (def. 1).

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forbidden fruit noun
1. The fruit forbidden to Adam in the Bible (Genesis 2.17)
2. Anything tempting and prohibited
3. (also Adam's apple) a name fancifully given to the fruit of various species of Citrus, esp to one having tooth-marks on its rind
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Main Entry:forbid

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forbidden fruit phrase
something very nice that you want very much but are not allowed to have
Main entry: forbidden

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forbidden fruit,
1. the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that Adam and Eve ate (in the Bible, Genesis 2:17 and Genesis 3).
2. Figurative. unlawful pleasure, especially illicit love.

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a thing that is desired all the more because it is not allowed
Origin:
with biblical allusion to Gen. 2:17

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noun, pl ⋯ fruits [count]
: something that is attractive because it is not allowed

For dieters, dessert becomes a/the forbidden fruit.

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forˌbidden ˈfruit idiom
a thing that is not allowed and that therefore seems very attractive
Main entry:forbiddenidiom

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