Custom vs Taboo - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between custom and taboo

is that custom is frequent repetition of the same behavior; way of behavior common to many; ordinary manner; habitual practice; usage; method of doing, living or behaving while taboo is an inhibition or ban that results from social custom or emotional aversion.

As adjectives the difference between custom and taboo

is that custom is made in a different way from usual, specially to fit one's needs while taboo is excluded or forbidden from use, approach or mention.

As verbs the difference between custom and taboo

is that custom is (obsolete|transitive) to make familiar; to accustom while taboo is to mark as taboo.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

custom

English

(Webster 1913)

Noun

(en noun)
  • Frequent repetition of the same behavior; way of behavior common to many; ordinary manner; habitual practice; usage; method of doing, living or behaving.
  • :* And teach customs which are not lawful. Acts xvi. 21 .
  • :* Moved beyond his custom , Gama said. .
  • :* A custom More honored in the breach than the observance. Shakespeare
  • Habitual buying of goods; practice of frequenting, as a shop, manufactory, etc., for making purchases or giving orders; business support.
  • * Let him have your custom , but not your votes. - .
  • (legal) Long-established practice, considered as unwritten law, and resting for authority on long consent; usage. See Usage, and Prescription.
  • * Usage is a fact. Custom' is a law. There can be no '''custom''' without usage, though there may be usage without '''custom . ''Wharton .
  • (obsolete) Familiar acquaintance; familiarity.
  • * Age can not wither her, nor custom stale Her infinite variety. Shakespeare
  • The customary toll, tax, or tribute.
  • * Render, therefore, to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom' to whom '''custom . ''Rom. xiii. 7 .
  • Created under particular specifications, specialized, unique, custom-made
  • Synonyms

    * fashion * habit * wone * practice * usage * wont * See also:

    Derived terms

    * custom made

    Adjective

    (-)
  • made in a different way from usual, specially to fit one's needs
  • My feet are as big as powerboats, so I need custom shoes.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To make familiar; to accustom.
  • (Gray)
  • (obsolete) To supply with customers.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • (obsolete) To pay the customs of.
  • (obsolete) To have a custom.
  • :* On a bridge he custometh to fight. .
  • taboo

    English

    (wikipedia taboo)

    Alternative forms

    * tabu

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An inhibition or ban that results from social custom or emotional aversion.
  • *
  • * 1974 , (Lawrence Durrell), Monsieur , Faber & Faber 1992, p. 213:
  • The sharp differentiation of the sexes in our culture was shaped most probably by monogamy and monosexuality and their tabus .
  • (in Polynesia) Something which may not be used, approached or mentioned because it is sacred.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Excluded or forbidden from use, approach or mention.
  • Incest is a taboo subject in most soap operas.
  • Culturally forbidden.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To mark as taboo.
  • To ban.
  • To avoid.
  • Anagrams

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