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proscribed proscribing proscribe proscribes
Word Confusion:  Though sometimes confused, proscribe is almost the opposite of prescribe.
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  • Forwrittenproscribed.
    Unknown  --  Beowulf
  • Soon he was proscribing parts of salutations and signatures and leaving the text untouched.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • After which, I was hunted down, pursued, persecuted, blackened, jeered at, scorned, cursed, proscribed.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ’Well,’ he said, defensively, ’ you two are proscribed as outlaws, so neither of you can go.’
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids

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  • But in a fatal moment, yielding to those propensities and passions, the indulgence of which had so long rendered him a scourge to society, he had quitted his haven of rest and repentance, and had come back to the country where he was proscribed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Suspected and Denounced enemy of the Republic, Aristocrat, one of a family of tyrants, one of a race proscribed, for that they had used their abolished privileges to the infamous oppression of the people.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • A proscribed fugitive, with a price upon his head; a fester and a wound upon the noble character of the Coketown operative!
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Here, too, were many of that old, proscribed, nameless, red-handed clan of the Macgregors.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • He knows every lyric and vocal inflection of countless tunes-about violence or romance, about fearless men and sexhungry women-songs that are a fixture of his proscribed, secondhand life back home.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I am surprised that in our days, in this century of enlightenment, anyone should still persist in proscribing an intellectual relaxation that is inoffensive, moralising, and sometimes even hygienic; is it not, doctor?
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary

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  • Draw lines of crime, of incompetency, of vice, as tightly and uncompromisingly as you will, for these things must be proscribed; but a color-line not only does not accomplish this purpose, but thwarts it.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Except for proscribed midterm holidays, prolonged trips to Calgary grew less and less frequent.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Ralph had usually treated it facetiously; but present circumstances proscribed the facetious.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • They would enter proscribed areas without permits, use Whites Only facilities such as toilets, Whites Only railway compartments, waiting rooms, and post office entrances.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • It also saw the wisdom of returning to the pre-Napoleonic concepts of small, "nontotal" wars with defined goals and proscribed excesses.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • To have committed no fault, and yet to be so entirely alone in the world; to be separated from the only persons he loved, and to be proscribed like a criminal, when six months ago he had been surrounded by every comfort, and looked up to, as the chief hope of his family—this was hard to bear.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Ralph had usually treated it facetiously; but present circumstances proscribed the facetious.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • "The Warrior’s Sons were proscribed three hundred years ago."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • I do not hesitate to say that most of the maxims commonly called democratic in France would be proscribed by the democracy of the United States.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • In addition to that, Prof’s exile has no legal existence as the government that proscribed him no longer exists and a competent court has taken notice—that was more expensive.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • What would have been the consequence, if such persons, by residence or otherwise, had acquired the character of citizens under the laws of another State, and then asserted their rights as such, both to residence and citizenship, within the State proscribing them?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • They both then disappeared behind the drapery, and many moments of suspense succeeded, during which the old man, secretly urged by a burning desire to know the meaning of so much mystery, insensibly drew nigh to the place, until he stood within a few yards of the proscribed spot.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • If I’ve told him once I’ve told him a hundred times: Carpets are defined as a Muggle Artifact by the Registry of Proscribed Charmable Objects, but will he listen?
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Having aroused the enmity of the Sultan, he was proscribed and put to death by treachery in 1822, at the age of eighty.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It seems that we must always have something to proscribe!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He had been proscribed, a wanderer, poor.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He proscribes with the same rigor all ornaments for the hair used by the female sex, as well as their custom of having the arms and neck uncovered.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The only apparent fruits of the adventure in which they had been engaged, were occasional upliftings of the eyes, on the part of the Doctor, which were mistaken by the observers for some of his scientific contemplations of the heavens, but which, in reality, were no other than furtive glances at the fluttering walls of the proscribed tent.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Teachers don’t have time to analyze each dilemma, so they group the kids with proscribed curricula.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Later on, fatal circumstance, in London, proscribed by all, Barthelemy slew Cournet.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "But it is very strange—now, at least, is it not very strange"—said Defarge, rather pleading with his wife to induce her to admit it, "that, after all our sympathy for Monsieur her father, and herself, her husband’s name should be proscribed under your hand at this moment, by the side of that infernal dog’s who has just left us?"
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • By the time Paul and the trapper saw fit to terminate the fresh bursts of merriment, which the continued abstraction of their learned companion did not fail to excite, he commenced breathing again, as if the suspended action of his lungs had been renewed by the application of a pair of artificial bellows, and was heard to make use of the ever afterwards proscribed term, on that solitary occasion, to which we have just alluded.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • Altogether, I had a fair chance to see some of the inner workings of a Highland clan; and this with a proscribed, fugitive chief; his country conquered; the troops riding upon all sides in quest of him, sometimes within a mile of where he lay; and when the least of the ragged fellows whom he rated and threatened, could have made a fortune by betraying him.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • "Why, my dear boy, when a man has been proscribed by the mountaineers, has escaped from Paris in a hay-cart, been hunted over the plains of Bordeaux by Robespierre’s bloodhounds, he becomes accustomed to most things.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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