[proh-skrip-shuh n]


the act of proscribing.
the state of being proscribed.
outlawry, interdiction, or prohibition.

Nearby words

  1. prosaist,
  2. prosateur,
  3. proscenium,
  4. prosciutto,
  5. proscribe,
  6. proscriptive,
  7. prose,
  8. prose edda,
  9. prose poem,
  10. prosecco

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

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British Dictionary definitions for proscriptive



the act of proscribing or the state of being proscribed
denunciation, prohibition, or exclusion
outlawry or ostracism
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
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