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.

Usage notes[edit]

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

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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.