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proscribe

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verb pro·scribe \prō-ˈskrīb\

Simple Definition of proscribe

  • : to make (something) illegal : to not allow (something)

Full Definition of proscribe

pro·scribedpro·scrib·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to publish the name of as condemned to death with the property of the condemned forfeited to the state

  3. 2 :  to condemn or forbid as harmful or unlawful :  prohibit

pro·scrib·er noun

Examples of proscribe

  1. acts that are proscribed by law

  2. <regulations proscribe the use of electronic devices on board a plane while it is landing>



Origin of proscribe

Latin proscribere to publish, proscribe, from pro- before + scribere to write — more at scribe


First Known Use: 1560



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