tr.v. pro·scribed, pro·scrib·ing, pro·scribes
1. To prohibit; forbid: foods that are proscribed by religious dietary laws. See Synonyms at forbid.
2. To denounce or condemn: "The small sins of natural pleasure that we see ... mildly proscribed in the confession manuals of the late Middle Ages" (James Turner).
a. To banish or outlaw (a person): "Emperors took it on themselves to proscribe heretics" (Garry Wills).
b. To publish the name of (a person) as outlawed.
[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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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