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

  • transitive v. To denounce or condemn.
  • transitive v. To prohibit; forbid. See Synonyms at forbid.
  • transitive v. To banish or outlaw (a person).
  • transitive v. To publish the name of (a person) as outlawed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To forbid or prohibit.
  • v. To denounce.
  • v. To banish or exclude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To doom to destruction; to put out of the protection of law; to outlaw; to exile.
  • transitive v. To denounce and condemn; to interdict; to prohibit.

from The 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.

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

  • 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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