One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A proscribed person; an outlaw; an exile.
That has been proscribed.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Abraham Fleming (c1552–1607), author, literary editor, and Church of England clergyman. From classical Latin prōscriptus proscribed person, use as noun of past participle of prōscrībere. Compare Middle French, French proscrit person condemned to death without judicial process, banished person<br>late Middle English; earliest use found in John Lydgate (c1370–c1449), poet and prior of Hatfield Regis. From classical Latin prōscriptus, past participle of prōscrībere.
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