verb (used with object), pro·scribed, pro·scrib·ing.
Origin of proscribe
Synonyms for proscribe
Related Words for proscribeforbid, prohibit, outlaw, embargo, blackball, ostracize, sentence, expel, denounce, censure, boycott, exile, interdict, damn, excommunicate, reject, ban, expatriate, deport, doom
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Historical Examples of proscribe
Proscribe French, their mother tongue, and they will hate you and have nothing to do with your schools.Bilingualism
N. A. Belcourt
Word Origin 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.