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proscription

[proh-skrip-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of proscribing.
  2. the state of being proscribed.
  3. outlawry, interdiction, or prohibition.
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Origin of proscription

1350–1400; Middle English proscripcioun < Latin prōscrīptiōn- (stem of prōscrīptiō) public notice of confiscation or outlawry, equivalent to prōscrīpt(us) (past participle of prōscrībere to proscribe) + -iōn- -ion
Related formspro·scrip·tive [proh-skrip-tiv] /proʊˈskrɪp tɪv/, adjectivepro·scrip·tive·ly, adverbnon·pro·scrip·tion, nounnon·pro·scrip·tive, adjectivenon·pro·scrip·tive·ly, adverbun·pro·scrip·tive, adjectiveun·pro·scrip·tive·ly, adverb
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Related Words for proscriptive

excessive, exorbitant, steep, preposterous, expensive, extortionate, forbidding, high-priced, repressive, sky-high, suppressive, limiting, proscriptive

British Dictionary definitions for proscriptive

proscription

noun
  1. the act of proscribing or the state of being proscribed
  2. denunciation, prohibition, or exclusion
  3. outlawry or ostracism
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Derived Formsproscriptive, adjectiveproscriptively, adverbproscriptiveness, noun

Word Origin for proscription

C14: from Latin prōscriptiō; see proscribe
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Word Origin and History for proscriptive

adj.

1757, from Latin proscript-, past participle stem of proscribere (see proscribe) + -ive. Related: Proscriptively.

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proscription

n.

late 14c., "decree of condemnation, outlawry," from Latin proscriptionem (nominative proscriptio) "a public notice (of sale); proscription, outlawry, confiscation," noun of action from past participle stem of proscribere (see proscribe).

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