prohibition

prohibition (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. prohibition (early 13c.), from L. prohibitionem (nom. prohibitio) "a hindering, forbidding," from prohibitus, pp. of prohibere "hold back," from pro- "away, forth" (see PRO- (Cf. pro-)) + habere "to hold" (see HABIT (Cf. habit)). Meaning "forced alcohol abstinence" is 1851, American English; in effect in U.S. as law 1920-1933 under the Volstead Act.
People whose youth did not coincide with the twenties never had our reverence for strong drink. Older men knew liquor before it became the symbol of a sacred cause. Kids who began drinking after 1933 take it as a matter of course. ... Drinking, we proved to ourselves our freedom as individuals and flouted Congress. We conformed to a popular type of dissent -- dissent from a minority. It was the only period during which a fellow could be smug and slopped concurrently. [A.J. Liebling, "Between Meals," 1959]

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  • PROHIBITION — (1919 1933) Par le XVIIIe amendement à la Constitution, ratifié en janvier 1919, la prohibition est instaurée aux États Unis. Désormais, il est interdit de fabriquer, de vendre et d’acheter sur le territoire fédéral toutes les boissons qui… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • prohibition — pro·hi·bi·tion /ˌprō ə bi shən/ n 1 a: an extraordinary writ issued by a higher court commanding an inferior court to keep within its proper jurisdiction (as by ceasing a prosecution) b: an order to refrain or stop 2 a: something (as a law) that… …   Law dictionary

  • Prohibition — (lateinisch prohibere ‚verhindern‘) bezeichnet das Verbot bestimmter Drogen. In zahlreichen Staaten mit mehrheitlich muslimischer Bevölkerung ist der Handel oder Konsum von Alkohol verboten. Als Alkoholprohibition wird auch die Zeit… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Prohibition — Pro hi*bi tion, n. [L. prohibitio: cf. F. prohibition.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of prohibiting; a declaration or injunction forbidding some action; interdict. [1913 Webster] The law of God, in the ten commandments, consists mostly of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prohibition — Sf Verbot per. Wortschatz fach. (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. prohibitio, Abstraktum zu l. prohibēre verbieten, fernhalten, abhalten , zu l. habēre haben, halten, handhaben und l. pro . Adjektiv: prohibitiv.    Ebenso nndl. prohibitie, ne …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • prohibition — [prō΄ə bish′ən, prō΄hibish′ən] n. [ME prohibicion < MFr prohibition < L prohibitio] 1. a prohibiting or being prohibited 2. an order or law that forbids ☆ 3. the forbidding by law of the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic… …   English World dictionary

  • prohibition — Prohibition. s. f. Terme des anciennes Ordonnances. Inhibition, deffense, &c. Nous faisons tres expresse prohibition …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • prohibition — ► NOUN 1) the action of prohibiting. 2) an order that forbids. 3) (Prohibition) the prevention by law of the manufacture and sale of alcohol in the US from 1920 to 1933. DERIVATIVES Prohibitionist noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Prohibition — Prohibition,die:⇨Verbot …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • Prohibition — n the period from 1919 to 1933 in the US when the production and sale of alcoholic drinks was illegal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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