Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of proscribing; prohibition.
  • n. The condition of having been proscribed; outlawry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A prohibition.
  • n. Decree of condemnation toward one or more persons, especially in the Roman antiquity.
  • n. The act of proscribing, or its result.
  • n. A decree or law that prohibits.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of proscribing; a dooming to death or exile; outlawry; specifically, among the ancient Romans, the public offer of a reward for the head of a political enemy.
  • n. The state of being proscribed; denunciation; interdiction; prohibition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of proscribing; outlawry; denunciation; prohibition; exclusion; specifically, the dooming of citizens to death as public enemies, and the confiscation of their goods.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
  • n. a decree that prohibits something

Etymologies

Middle English proscripcion, from Latin prōscrīptiō, prōscrīptiōn-, public notice of outlawry, from prōscrīptus, past participle of prōscrībere, to proscribe; see proscribe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English proscripcion, from Latin prōscrīptiō, from prōscrībō (originally "publish in writing"), from prō- and scrībō ("write"). (Wiktionary)

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