Definitions for: Proscribe


[v] command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pro*scribe", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Proscribed; p.
pr. & vb. n. Proscribing.] [L. proscribere, proscriptum, to
write before, to publish, proscribe; pro before + scribere to
write. See Scribe. The sense of this word originated in the
Roman practice of writing the names of persons doomed to
death, and posting the list in public.]
1. To doom to destruction; to put out of the protection of
law; to outlaw; to exile; as, Sylla and Marius proscribed
each other's adherents.

Robert Vere, Earl of Oxford, . . . was banished the
realm, and proscribed. --Spenser.

2. To denounce and condemn; to interdict; to prohibit; as,
the Puritans proscribed theaters.

The Arian doctrines were proscribed and
anathematized in the famous Council of Nice.
--Waterland.

Synonyms: disallow, forbid, interdict, prohibit, veto

Antonyms: allow, countenance, let, permit

See Also: ban, bar, command, compel, criminalise, criminalize, debar, enjoin, exclude, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw, require

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