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proscription

[proh-skrip-shuh n] /proʊˈskrɪp ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of proscribing.
2.
the state of being proscribed.
3.
outlawry, interdiction, or prohibition.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English proscripcioun < Latin prōscrīptiōn- (stem of prōscrīptiō) public notice of confiscation or outlawry, equivalent to prōscrīpt(us) (past participle of prōscrībere to proscribe) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
proscriptive
[proh-skrip-tiv] /proʊˈskrɪp tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
proscriptively, adverb
nonproscription, noun
nonproscriptive, adjective
nonproscriptively, adverb
unproscriptive, adjective
unproscriptively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for un proscriptive

proscription

/prəʊˈskrɪpʃən/
noun
1.
the act of proscribing or the state of being proscribed
2.
denunciation, prohibition, or exclusion
3.
outlawry or ostracism
Derived Forms
proscriptive, adjective
proscriptively, adverb
proscriptiveness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prōscriptiō; see proscribe
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Word Origin and History for un proscriptive

proscription

n.

late 14c., "decree of condemnation, outlawry," from Latin proscriptionem (nominative proscriptio) "a public notice (of sale); proscription, outlawry, confiscation," noun of action from past participle stem of proscribere (see proscribe).

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Encyclopedia Article for un proscriptive

proscription

in ancient Rome, a posted notice listing Roman citizens who had been declared outlaws and whose goods were confiscated. Rewards were offered to anyone killing or betraying the proscribed, and severe penalties were inflicted on anyone harbouring them. Their properties were confiscated, and their sons and grandsons were forever barred from public office and from the Senate

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