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[proh-skrahyb] /proʊˈskraɪb/
verb (used with object), proscribed, proscribing.
1.
to denounce or condemn (a thing) as dangerous or harmful; prohibit.
2.
to put outside the protection of the law; outlaw.
3.
to banish or exile.
4.
to announce the name of (a person) as condemned to death and subject to confiscation of property.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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.
Synonyms
1. censure, disapprove, repudiate.
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British Dictionary definitions for un proscribed

proscribe

/prəʊˈskraɪb/
verb (transitive)
1.
to condemn or prohibit
2.
to outlaw; banish; exile
3.
(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 un proscribed

proscribe

v.

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.

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