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1. To doom to destruction; to put out of the protection of law; to outlaw; to exile; as, Sylla and Marius proscribed each other's adherents. Robert vere, earl of Oxford, . . . Was banished the realm, and proscribed. (Spenser)

2. To denounce and condemn; to interdict; to prohibit; as, the Puritans proscribed theaters. The arian doctrines were proscribed and anathematized in the famous Council of Nice. (Waterland)

Origin: L. Proscribere, proscriptum, to write before, to publish, proscribe; pro before _ scribere to write. See Scribe. The sense of this word originated in the Roman practice of writing the names of persons doomed to death, and posting the list in public.