Origin of prohibition
Examples from the Web for prohibition
The trade flouts a March 2014 prohibition on all exports of weaponry and military equipment to Moscow.
After the end of Prohibition in 1933, alcohol was once again legal throughout Arkansas.
The first major shift towards the Republican Party in Texas came with Prohibition.
Or take Breaker bourbon, the “first bourbon produced in Southern California since Prohibition.”Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana|Eric Felten|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The prohibition was erected for good reason: to prevent the religious wars that wracked Europe in the previous century.The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One|Jack Schwartz|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For periodicals it is sufficient if the prohibition is made in a general way, at the beginning of each number.Copyright: Its History and Its Law|Richard Rogers Bowker
I can very well understand why such a prohibition was never given in that case.The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain|William Carleton
The King, when he heard of it, smiled and said that his prohibition had only been aimed at men.Old and New Paris, v. 1|Henry Sutherland Edwards
In the Penitentials we find the prohibition of burning grains where a man had died.Folklore as an Historical Science|George Laurence Gomme
The minor will be sufficiently proved by disproving all the pretences of a prohibition.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)|Richard Baxter
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Word Origin and History for prohibition
late 14c., "act of prohibiting, a forbidding by authority," from Anglo-French and Old French prohibition (early 13c.), from Latin prohibitionem (nominative prohibitio) "a hindering, forbidding; legal prohibition," noun of action from past participle stem of prohibere "hold back, restrain, hinder, prevent," from pro- "away, forth" (see pro-) + habere "to hold" (see habit). Meaning "forced alcohol abstinence" is 1851, American English; in effect nationwide in U.S. as law 1920-1933 under the Volstead Act.
People whose youth did not coincide with the twenties never had our reverence for strong drink. Older men knew liquor before it became the symbol of a sacred cause. Kids who began drinking after 1933 take it as a matter of course. ... Drinking, we proved to ourselves our freedom as individuals and flouted Congress. We conformed to a popular type of dissent -- dissent from a minority. It was the only period during which a fellow could be smug and slopped concurrently. [A.J. Liebling, "Between Meals," 1959]
Culture definitions for prohibition
The outlawing of alcoholic beverages nationwide from 1920 to 1933, under an amendment to the Constitution. The amendment, enforced by the Volstead Act, was repealed by another amendment to the Constitution in 1933.