- to denounce or condemn (a thing) as dangerous or harmful; prohibit.
- to put outside the protection of the law; outlaw.
- to banish or exile.
- to announce the name of (a person) as condemned to death and subject to confiscation of property.
Origin of proscribe
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Examples from the Web for proscribe
Proscribe French, their mother tongue, and they will hate you and have nothing to do with your schools.Bilingualism
N. A. Belcourt
- to condemn or prohibit
- to outlaw; banish; exile
- (in ancient Rome) to outlaw (a citizen) by posting his name in public
Word Origin and History for proscribe
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.