transitive verb-·scribed′, -·scrib′ing
- in ancient Rome, to publish the name of (a person) condemned to death, banishment, etc.
- to deprive of the protection of the law; outlaw
- to banish; exile
- to denounce or forbid the practice, use, etc. of; interdict
Origin of proscribeMiddle English proscriben from Classical Latin proscribere from pro-, pro- + scribere, to write: see scribe