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}} A taboo is a vehement prohibition of an action based on the belief that such behavior is either too sacred or too accursed for ordinary individuals to undertake, under threat of supernatural punishment.<ref name="EB">Encyclopædia Britannica Online. "Taboo." Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2012. Retrieved 21 Mar. 2012</ref><ref>Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, 11th Edition. "Taboo."</ref> Such prohibitions are present in virtually all societies.<ref name="EB" /> The word has been somewhat expanded in the social sciences to strong prohibitions relating to any area of human activity or custom that is sacred or forbidden based on moral judgment and religious beliefs.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} "Breaking a taboo" is usually considered objectionable by society in general, not merely a subset of a culture.


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}} A taboo is a vehement prohibition of an action based on the belief that such behavior is either too sacred or too accursed for ordinary individuals to undertake, under threat of supernatural punishment.<ref name="EB">Encyclopædia Britannica Online. "Taboo." Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2012. Retrieved 21 Mar. 2012</ref><ref>Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, 11th Edition. "Taboo."</ref> Such prohibitions are present in virtually all societies.<ref name="EB" /> The word has been somewhat expanded in the social sciences to strong prohibitions relating to any area of human activity or custom that is sacred or forbidden based on moral judgment and religious beliefs.{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} "Breaking a taboo" is usually considered objectionable by society in general, not merely a subset of a culture.


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