proscribe

verb pro·scribe \ prō-ˈskrīb \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

Definition of proscribe

proscribed; proscribing
transitive verb
1 : to publish the name of as condemned to death with the property of the condemned forfeited to the state
2 : to condemn or forbid as harmful or unlawful : prohibit

proscriber

noun

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Examples of proscribe in a Sentence

  1. acts that are proscribed by law

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

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Did You Know?

Proscribe and "prescribe" each have a Latin-derived prefix that means "before" attached to the verb "scribe" (from scribere, meaning "to write"). Yet the two words have very distinct, often nearly opposite meanings. Why? In a way, you could say it's the law. In the 15th and 16th centuries both words had legal implications. To "proscribe" was to publish the name of a person who had been condemned, outlawed, or banished. To prescribe meant "to lay down a rule," including legal rules or orders.

Origin and Etymology of proscribe

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


PROSCRIBE Defined for English Language Learners

proscribe

verb

Definition of proscribe for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

proscribe

transitive verb pro·scribe \ prō-ˈskrīb \

legal Definition of proscribe

proscribed; proscribing
: to condemn or forbid as harmful or unlawful

Origin and Etymology of proscribe

Latin proscribere to publish, proscribe, from pro- before + scribere to write



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