[ proh-skrahyb ]
/ proʊˈskraɪb /

verb (used with object), pro·scribed, pro·scrib·ing.

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

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin prōscrībere to publish in writing, confiscate, outlaw. See pro-1, prescribe
Related formspro·scrib·a·ble, adjectivepro·scrib·er, nounun·pro·scrib·a·ble, adjectiveun·pro·scribed, adjective
Can be confusedascribe proscribe subscribeprescribe proscribe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

British Dictionary definitions for proscribe


/ (prəʊˈskraɪb) /

verb (tr)

to condemn or prohibit
to outlaw; banish; exile
(in ancient Rome) to outlaw (a citizen) by posting his name in public

Derived Formsproscriber, noun

Word Origin for proscribe

C16: from Latin prōscrībere to put up a written public notice, from prō- in public + scrībere to write
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