proscribe VERB 1) forbid, especially by law. 2) denounce or condemn. 3) historical outlaw (someone).
DERIVATIVES proscription noun proscriptive adjective.
USAGE The words proscribe and prescribe are often confused. Proscribe is a rather formal word meaning ‘condemn or forbid’, whereas prescribe is a much commoner word that means either ‘issue a medical prescription’ or ‘recommend with authority’.
ORIGIN originally in the sense «post up the name of (an outlaw etc.)»: from Latin proscribere 'publish by writing' .

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  • proscribe — *sentence, condemn, damn, doom …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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