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[proh-skrahyb] /proʊˈskraɪb/
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.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin prōscrībere to publish in writing, confiscate, outlaw. See pro-1, prescribe
Related forms
proscribable, adjective
proscriber, noun
unproscribable, adjective
unproscribed, adjective
Can be confused
ascribe, proscribe, subscribe.
prescribe, proscribe.
1. censure, disapprove, repudiate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for proscribed
  • Further, it is proscribed that you must not try to alter this outcome, and that such efforts would be useless anyway.
  • They can only say what would have happened given the proscribed initial and boundary conditions.
  • Stated goal is good, proscribed solution is recipe for unintended consequences.
  • No opinion or theory no matter how loony should be proscribed.
  • Once on campus, students' courses are highly proscribed, and numerous.
  • If they fail to elect coverage at their initial point of eligibility, then they are proscribed from later electing coverage.
  • If comments or a commenter detracts from that vision then you are proscribed.
  • But the experience she can offer is tightly proscribed.
  • Over the term of the bond, you provide coupon interest payments to the investors if a proscribed catastrophe does not occur.
  • The accident of belonging to a proscribed church decided the course of his education.
British Dictionary definitions for proscribed


verb (transitive)
to condemn or prohibit
to outlaw; banish; exile
(in ancient Rome) to outlaw (a citizen) by posting his name in public
Derived Forms
proscriber, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōscrībere to put up a written public notice, from prō- in public + scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for proscribed



early 15c., "write before, prefix," from Latin proscribere "publish in writing" (literally "write in front of"), including senses of "publish as having forfeited one's property, condemn, outlaw before the world," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + scribere "to write" (see script (n.)). Meaning "prohibit as wrong or dangerous" first recorded 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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