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Proscribe   /proʊskrˈaɪb/   Listen

(past & past part. proscribed; pres. part. proscribing)
Command against.  Synonyms: disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, veto.  "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store" , "Dad nixed our plans"

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"Proscribe" Quotes from Famous Books

... fountain, and stone is to be explained by this primitive naturalism, which all the Councils of the Church held in Brittany united to proscribe. The stone, in truth, seems the natural symbol of the Celtic races. It is an immutable witness that has no death. The animal, the plant, above all the human figure, only express the divine life under a determinate form; the stone on the contrary, adapted to receive ...
— Literary and Philosophical Essays • Various

... Now our wise men and counselors, our statesmen and sages, are seeking how the government and Union may be reconstructed. But they are laying again false foundations. Of three immense classes, they proscribe two and provide for one; and that one perhaps a minority of the whole. Half our people are degraded for their sex; one-sixth for the color of their skin. And this is the republican and democratic definition of freedom. The ruling class boasts two qualities, in virtue of ...
— History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II • Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage

... the force of religious faith; but many acute metaphysicans have been good Christians; and before the question thus agitated can be set at rest, we must suppose a certain proficiency in those inquiries which he would proscribe as dangerous. After all, we can discover no more reason why sciolists in metaphysics should bring that study into discredit, than that religion itself should be disparaged through the extravagance of fanaticism. To have met the ...
— Lives of the English Poets - From Johnson to Kirke White, Designed as a Continuation of - Johnson's Lives • Henry Francis Cary

Words linked to "Proscribe" :   enjoin, proscription, permit, require, command, illegalise, allow, outlaw, illegalize, bar, criminalize, exclude, ban, debar, criminalise

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