proscribe

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin prōscrībō ‎(to proclaim, to forbid, to banish).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pɹəˈskɹaɪb/, /ˌpɹəʊˈskɹaɪb/
  • Rhymes: -aɪb

Usage notes[edit]

The latter pronunciation is used when added distinction from prescribe is desired.

Verb[edit]

proscribe ‎(third-person singular simple present proscribes, present participle proscribing, simple past and past participle proscribed)

  1. (transitive) To forbid or prohibit.
    The law proscribes driving a car with a blood alcohol level of over .10%.
  2. (transitive) To denounce.
    The word ain't is proscribed by many authorities.
  3. (transitive) To banish or exclude.
    Many Roman citizens were proscribed for taking part in rebellions.

(Can we add an example for this sense?)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Avoid the erroneous construction “proscribe against”; substitute “proscribe” alone or the phrase “prescribe against”.

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Translations[edit]

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

prōscrībe

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of prōscrībō

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

proscribe

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of proscribir.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of proscribir.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of proscribir.