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prō-scrībo , psi, ptum, 3, v. a., write before or in front of, to write over or upon, to inscribe.
I. In gen. (post-Aug.): “vultus voluntariā poenarum lege proscripti,written over, inscribed, Petr. 107.—
II. In partic.
A. To publish any thing by writing (freq. and class.): “ut quo die esse oporteret idus Januarias, eo die Calendas Martias proscriberet,Cic. Verr. 2, 2, 52, § 129: “quam (legem) non is promulgavit, quo nomine proscriptam videtis,id. ib. 2, 5, 69, § “177: non proscriptā neque edictā die,id. ib. 1, 54, 141: “venationem,id. Att. 16, 4, 1: “leges,Tac. A. 13, 51: “versiculos per vias,Gell. 15, 4, 3.—
B. To offer in writing any thing for sale, lease, or hire, or as to be sold by auction, to post up, advertise: “proscribere palam sic accipimus, claris litteris, ut, etc.,Dig. 14, 3, 11: “Racilius tabulam proscripsit, se familiam Catonianam venditurum,Cic. Q. Fr. 2, 6, 5: “Claudius proscripsit insulam, vendidit,id. Off. 3, 16, 65.—
C. To publish a person as having forfeited his property, to punish with confiscation, to confiscate one's property (cf. publico): “quaero enim, quid sit aliud proscribere. Velitis, jubeatis, ut M. Tullius in civitate ne sit, bonaque ejus ut mea sint,Cic. Dom. 17, 43: “Pompeium,to confiscate the estates gained by him, id. Agr. 2, 36, 99: “vicinos,to confiscate the lands of one's neighbors, id. ib. 3, 4, 14: “possessiones,id. ib.: “bona,Plin. Ep. 8, 18, 5.—
D. To proscribe, outlaw one, by hanging up a tablet with his name and sentence of outlawry, confiscation of goods, etc.: “posteaquam victoria constituta est, cum proscriberentur homines, qui adversarii fuisse putabantur,Cic. Rosc. Am. 6, 16: “victoriā Sullae parentes,Sall. C. 37, 9: “modus proscribendi,Suet. Aug. 27.—Hence, P. a., as subst.: prōscriptus , i, an outlaw, one proscribed: “contra legem Corneliam, quae proscriptum juvari vetat,Cic. Verr. 2, 1, 47, § 123: “proscriptorum liberos honores petere puduit,Plin. 7, 30, 31, § 117: “in proscriptorum numero esse,Sall. C. 51, 33: “bona proscriptorum,id. H. 1, 31 Dietsch.—
2. Trop.: “cujus pudoris dignitas in concione proscripta sit,has been brought into ill repute, rendered suspected, Petr. 106.
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