V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to condemn or prohibit something

Synonyms: condemn, denounce, prohibit, forbid, prevent, outlaw, exclude

Antonyms: approve, allow, invite

Tips: Proscribe is often confused with the word prescribe, but the two are opposites. When you prescribe something, you are recommending it. When you proscribe something, you are condemning or forbidding it. "The doctor prescribed a cholesterol drug and proscribed tran-fats from my diet."

Usage Examples:

She hoped she could proscribe her son from hanging out with the wrong crowd. (prevent, forbid)

Patrons are proscribed from taking pictures during the performance. (prohibited)

International law proscribes torturing enemies or treating them inhumanely. (outlaws, prohibits)

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is proscribed by law. (prohibited, condemned)

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