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1 Forbid, especially by law:‘strikes remained proscribed in the armed forces’
forbid, prohibit, ban, bar, disallow, rule out, embargo, veto, make illegal, interdict, outlaw, tabooView synonyms
- ‘Among the draconian penal laws is Law 71 which states that anyone ‘who calls for the establishment of any grouping, organisation or association proscribed by law’ can be executed.’
- ‘The ‘Goldwater’ rule already proscribes specific comments about public figures or others who have not actually been evaluated.’
- ‘When someone dies, we are proscribed from desecrating the body, which includes invasion of the corpse.’
- ‘Jewish law states that not only is telling gossip forbidden; lending a willing ear is equally proscribed.’
- ‘The former clause proscribed anyone from aiding the practice of prostitution, while the latter required the police to arrest and medically examine suspected prostitutes.’
- ‘She should have been stopped in her tracks for purporting to answer the question when, in fact, she is saying that I am proscribed from even asking a question about this man, the evidence on whom I gave last week.’
- ‘Using this definition, the attorney-general could proscribe any group that organises a demonstration or strike in which a person was injured or felt endangered.’
- ‘‘If you proscribe an organisation, you strengthen it’, he said.’
- ‘The rule of law proscribes ex post facto legislation.’
- ‘Others object because they feel the Bible proscribes invoking god while making an oath.’
- ‘Songs of a politically critical character are proscribed.’
- ‘Last week the government released a list of 15 proscribed organisations.’
- ‘Although advertising directly to consumers is proscribed in the European Union, companies are able to target patients indirectly through disease awareness campaigns, sponsorship of information materials, and press releases.’
- ‘Few deputies positively welcomed the purge of national representatives, and a number who had no special links with the proscribed deputies went out of their way to condemn the deed openly in letters to their constituents.’
- ‘The Bill is unnecessary simply because the government presently has the power to proscribe terrorist organisations.’
- ‘There are numbers of organisations that have been proscribed.’
- ‘Current rules proscribe relationships between soldiers of different rank, or soldiers and officers.’
- ‘We have not ruled out proscribing this organisation.’
- ‘It is conceivable that this identifier alone could alarm the Attorney General enough to proscribe the organisation.’
- ‘The power to proscribe organisations should be vested in more than an individual (the Attorney General) and representatives from banned organisations should have adequate rights of appeal.’
- 1.1 Denounce or condemn:‘certain customary practices which the Catholic Church proscribed, such as polygyny’
condemn, denounce, attack, criticize, censure, denigrate, damn, rejectView synonyms
- ‘They were proscribed following an attack on one of Buddhism's most hallowed places of worship.’
- ‘International criminal law is a body of international rules designed both to proscribe international crimes and to impose upon States the obligation to prosecute and punish at least some of those crimes.’
- ‘While its advocates are careful to point out that they are not proscribing reasoned criticism of specific policies, their arguments tend, in practice, to serve as a warning to those who make them.’
- 1.2historical Outlaw (someone):‘a plaque on which were the names of proscribed traitors’
outlaw, boycott, black, blackball, exclude, ostracizeView synonyms
- ‘And, as both of them are deeply committed to their religious beliefs, when I was virtually proscribed for my decision by the church leadership they felt it necessary to follow suit.’
- ‘But this project went unrealized, and after Caesar's assassination he was proscribed by Mark Antony: his library at Casinum was plundered, but he escaped to live the rest of his life in scholarly retirement.’
- ‘If we were proscribed we would go underground, and anything that's underground surfaces.’
Proscribe does not have the same meaning as prescribe: see prescribe
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘to outlaw’): from Latin proscribere, from pro- in front of + scribere write.
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