C16: from Latin prōscrībere to put up a written public notice, from prō- in public + scrībere to write
proscribe for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (proʊskraɪb)
Word forms: proscribes, proscribing, proscribed
verb [usu passive]
If something is proscribed by people in authority, the existence or the use of that thing is forbidden. [formal] [beV-ed] ⇒ In some cultures surgery is proscribed. [beV-ed + from] ⇒ They are proscribed by federal law from owning guns.