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Date: 1700-1800
Language: Tongan
Origin: tabu

taboo

1 adjective
     
Related topics: Anthropology
ta‧boo1
1 a taboo subject, word, activity etc is one that people avoid because it is extremely offensive or embarrassing:
Rape is a taboo subject.
2 not accepted as socially correct:
It's taboo to date a man a lot younger than you.
3SA too holy or evil to be touched or used

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