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Meaning of proscribe by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /pɹəˈskɹaɪb/, /ˌpɹəʊˈskɹaɪb/ X-SAMPA: /pr@"skraIb/, /%pr@U"skraIb/
    • Rhymes: -aɪb

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Explanation of proscribe by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. command against

    Definition of proscribe by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Proscribe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Proscribed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Proscribing.] [L. proscribere, proscriptum, to write before, to publish, proscribe; pro before + scribere to write. See Scribe. The sense of this word originated in the Roman practice of writing the names of persons doomed to death, and posting the list in public.]
      1. To doom to destruction; to put out of the protection of law; to outlaw; to exile; as, “Sylla and Marius proscribed each other's adherents”.

      Robert Vere, Earl of Oxford, . . . was banished the realm, and proscribed. Spenser.

      2. To denounce and condemn; to interdict; to prohibit; as, “the Puritans proscribed theaters”.

      The Arian doctrines were proscribed and anathematized in the famous Council of Nice. Waterland.