pro scribe


verb (used with object), proscribed, proscribing.
to denounce or condemn (a thing) as dangerous or harmful; prohibit.
to put outside the protection of the law; outlaw.
to banish or exile.
to announce the name of (a person) as condemned to death and subject to confiscation of property.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin prōscrībere to publish in writing, confiscate, outlaw. See pro-1, prescribe

proscribable, adjective
proscriber, noun
unproscribable, adjective
unproscribed, adjective

1. ascribe, proscribe, subscribe ; 2. prescribe, proscribe.

1. censure, disapprove, repudiate. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
proscribe (prəʊˈskraɪb)
1.  to condemn or prohibit
2.  to outlaw; banish; exile
3.  (in ancient Rome) to outlaw (a citizen) by posting his name in public
[C16: from Latin prōscrībere to put up a written public notice, from prō- in public + scrībere to write]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "decree of condemnation, outlawry," from L. proscribere "publish in writing" (lit. "write in front of"), including senses of "publish as having forfeited one's property, condemn, outlaw before the world," from pro- "before" + scribere "to write" (see script). Meaning
"prohibit as wrong or dangerous" first recorded 1620s.
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