Definition of proscription in US English:



  • 1The action of forbidding something; banning.

    ‘the proscription of the party after the 1715 Rebellion’
    • ‘There is also a proscription against any form of harassment.’
    • ‘The offences under sections 11 to 13 are all direct consequences of proscription.’
    • ‘Both sets of norms rest ultimately upon a fundamental principle of proscription concerning the infliction of militarily ' unnecessary suffering '.’
    • ‘In May 1794 the Dublin Society was included in the wave of proscription which was then afflicting most anti-government organizations.’
    • ‘Historically, proscription has been used for political repression.’
    • ‘Now some of the mysterious proscriptions in chapter eleven of Leviticus become more intelligible.’
    • ‘He also suggested the government remove the entire part concerning the proscription of local organisations found to be endangering national security.’
    • ‘Historically, proscription has been a tool of political repression, not law enforcement.’
    • ‘Guilt is the operation of law, a proscription by law, upon conduct.’
    • ‘There are no provisions for banned passengers to see the accusatory information or contest their proscription.’
    • ‘Virginia would no longer suffer such state prescriptions or proscriptions of religion.’
    • ‘The ruling also does not override state proscriptions on funding to private or religious schools.’
    • ‘And for all its military ventures, justified and not, since 1945, the United States had never repudiated the charter's proscription of pre-emption.’
    • ‘Proscription is designed to outlaw organisations deemed a threat to national security.’
    • ‘Whether done by the Attorney General or a judge proscription should not be allowed.’
    • ‘Religious opposition to coffee drinking resulted in political proscription a number of times during the sixteenth century.’
    • ‘By the way, there is no requirement from the UN Security Council for a general proscription power to be enacted.’
    • ‘And even if the courts were to countermand a proscription order, the damage done to the organisation during the period of proscription could be critical.’
    • ‘The proscription against physicians talking about themselves with patients comes from several different traditions.’
    prohibition, prohibiting, forbidding, banning, ban, barring, bar, disallowing, ruling out, embargo, embargoing, vetoing, veto, making illegal, interdicting, interdict, outlawing, tabooing
    condemnation, denunciation, attack, criticism, censure, denigration, damning, rejection
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    1. 1.1 Condemnation or denunciation of something.
      • ‘However, what would her proscription there have been?’
      • ‘Personally, I am strongly opposed to proscription in any form.’
      • ‘Although I agree with none of these proscriptions, I have been obediently observing them. "’
      • ‘Oblivious to carb counts, I ended up following the main proscription of popular low-carb diets: no refined carbohydrate foods.’
      • ‘Many Islamic states for reasons of religious proscription have no such debate.’
      • ‘But that description of my mission is not a proscription for your article.’
      • ‘But with it would also come the the Christian proscriptions and hence need for encryption.’
      • ‘With respect, I think you are drawing a far too narrow proscription.’
      • ‘There should, in short, never be a blanket proscription of expression.’
      • ‘The practice of dissection had stopped altogether, chiefly due to contemporaneous religious proscriptions.’
      • ‘Dr. Pipa did not shun away from the traditional understanding of Isaiah 58: 13-14 and its proscription of worldly employments and recreations.’
      • ‘Deep down inside, staying alive (a biological imperative) took precedence over social proscriptions against cannibalism.’
      • ‘What's with the proscription on frying in the brownstone, anyway?’
      • ‘But this push is neither a proscription or a requirement for the latter to dominate economic development, or even the socialization process itself.’
      • ‘But its proscriptions make plain the recklessness that characterises imperialist policy.’
      • ‘But these stories contain much more than moral visions and proscriptions.’
      • ‘The name of Middleton was unpopular, and his proscription very naturally tempted me to peruse his writings and those of his antagonists.’
      • ‘His essential concern is that rampant materialism, unhindered by any generally accepted ethical proscription, will degrade the natural environment.’
      • ‘This is both a trite platitude and a profound proscription.’
      • ‘His work encodes and decodes physical and cultural landscapes in ways that challenge the assumptions, proscriptions, and prohibitions built into human environments.’