proscription

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n proscription rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
    • n proscription a decree that prohibits something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Proscription The act of proscribing; a dooming to death or exile; outlawry; specifically, among the ancient Romans, the public offer of a reward for the head of a political enemy; as, under the triumvirate, many of the best Roman citizens fell by proscription . "Every victory by either party had been followed by a sanguinary proscription ."
    • Proscription The state of being proscribed; denunciation; interdiction; prohibition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n proscription The act of proscribing; outlawry; denunciation; prohibition; exclusion; specifically, the dooming of citizens to death as public enemies, and the confiscation of their goods. The two great proscriptions in Roman history were that by Sulla about 82 b. c., and that by the second triumvirate 43 b. c.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Proscription the act of proscribing or dooming to death or outlawry: utter rejection
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. proscriptio,: cf. F. proscription,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. proscribĕrepro, before, publicly, scribĕre, scriptum, to write.

Usage

In literature:

Did he recall to mind his proscriptions or his glory?
"Corinne, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Mme de Stael
It would grant amnesty in individual cases; for the principle of proscription it stood fast.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
It was then that you saw the fury of Marius, the proscriptions of Sylla, and afterwards of the emperors.
"The History of Napoleon Buonaparte" by John Gibson Lockhart
The tragic year 1815, begun in the trouble and unrest of consciences, was ending in vengeful proscriptions.
"The Point Of Honor A Military Tale" by Joseph Conrad
Then commenced the proscriptions.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
Is it "proscription" in saying to another man, "I will not vote for you?
"Mysticism and its Results" by John Delafield
There was no proscription against speaking on the Sabbath; and Jesus had but spoken to heal.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
He defended the practice of political proscription by charging that both sides did it.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
The Clarkes were included in the Act of Proscription, and their estates were confiscated.
"Tea Leaves" by Various
It was the spirit of proscription that brought on the political crisis of 1872.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
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In news:

PROscript 2000 Gets Software Upgrade Print E-mail.
Prodigy Data Systems, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has added software features to its PROscript 2000 product that include Docu-Flow and various e-MAR interfaces.
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