[ proh-skrahyb ]
See synonyms for: proscribeproscribed on

verb (used with object),pro·scribed, pro·scrib·ing.
  1. to denounce or condemn (a thing) as dangerous or harmful; prohibit.

  2. to put outside the protection of the law; outlaw.

  1. to banish or exile.

  2. 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

Other words for proscribe

Other words from proscribe

  • pro·scrib·a·ble, adjective
  • pro·scrib·er, noun
  • un·pro·scrib·a·ble, adjective
  • un·pro·scribed, adjective

Words that may be confused with proscribe

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How to use proscribe in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for proscribe


/ (prəʊˈskraɪb) /

  1. to condemn or prohibit

  2. to outlaw; banish; exile

  1. (in ancient Rome) to outlaw (a citizen) by posting his name in public

Origin of proscribe

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

Derived forms of proscribe

  • proscriber, noun

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