What does the word proscription mean?

Usage examples for proscription

  1. The adherents of proscription and privilege do not in these days talk of the divine right of kings- though even that doctrine peeps out when they have occasion to flatter a monarch or an heir- apparent; but the equally false doctrine of the divine right of Parliaments is persistently put forward, and with the audacious pretence that to dispute it is treason to the democracy. – Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day by Alfred Farthing Robbins
  2. As early as 1870 a group of Republicans in Missouri, disgusted by the excesses of the radicals in that State in the proscription of former Confederate sympathizers, had led a bolt from the party, had nominated B. Gratz Brown for governor, and, with the assistance of the Democrats, had won the election. – The Agrarian Crusade A Chronicle of the Farmer in Politics by Solon J. Buck