American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To denounce or condemn.
- v. To prohibit; forbid. See Synonyms at forbid.
- v. To banish or outlaw (a person).
- v. To publish the name of (a person) as outlawed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To publish the name of, as condemned to death and liable to confiscation of property.
- To put out of the protection of the law; banish; outlaw; exile.
- To denounce and condemn as dangerous; reject utterly; interdict; prohibit.
- Synonyms To doom.
- To forbid.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To doom to destruction; to put out of the protection of law; to outlaw; to exile.
- v. To denounce and condemn; to interdict; to prohibit.
- v. command against
- Middle English proscriben, from Latin prōscrībere, to put up someone's name as outlawed : prō-, in front; see pro-1 + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“On most washdays I use chlorine bleach on several articles whose labels proscribe it, without the slightest damage, and many of these have been receiving chlorine bleach now and then for years.”
“A draft of the report circulated to SEC commissioners over the weekend didn't proscribe any policy changes, nor did it attempt to nudge regulators to pursue certain reforms, according to a person who has seen it.”
“Party officials have suggested they will look to strengthen Tunisia's political and economic ties with fellow Arab-Islamic states in the region and perhaps legalize Islamic banking systems that proscribe interest and relies instead on fees.”
“It was more than just symbolic literary resistance because The Satanic Verses is still banned in India, which enjoys the dubious honour of having been the first country to proscribe the book.”
“Halakhic legal Judaism views all male and female same-sex sexual interactions as prohibited ... and cannot give its blessing and imprimatur to Jewish religious same-sex commitment ceremonies and weddings, and halakhic values proscribe individuals and communities from encouraging practices that grant religious legitimacy to gay marriage and couplehood.”
“Arizona's Proposition 106, which would proscribe a single-payer system (and prohibit various other federal health programs), is a case in point.”
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“In the third trimester, even after viability, a state could but did not have to "proscribe" abortion, provided it made exceptions to preserve the life and health of a woman seeking an abortion.”
“Kosher laws also proscribe the eating of meat from sick animals, or the eating of blood (again, probably because of the goal to prevent disease).”
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