[noun in-ter-dikt; verb in-ter-dikt]
- Civil Law. any prohibitory act or decree of a court or an administrative officer.
- Roman Catholic Church. a punishment by which the faithful, remaining in communion with the church, are forbidden certain sacraments and prohibited from participation in certain sacred acts.
- Roman Law. a general or special order of the Roman praetor forbidding or commanding an act, especially in cases involving disputed possession.
- to forbid; prohibit.
- Ecclesiastical. to cut off authoritatively from certain ecclesiastical functions and privileges.
- to impede by steady bombardment: Constant air attacks interdicted the enemy's advance.
Origin of interdict
1250–1300; (noun) < Latin interdictum prohibition, noun use of neuter of interdictus past participle of interdīcere to forbid, equivalent to inter- inter- + -dic- (variant stem of dīcere to speak) + -tus past participle suffix; replacing Middle English enterdit < Old French < Latin, as above; (v.) < Latin interdictus; replacing Middle English enterditen < Old French entredire (past participle entredit) < Latin, as above
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Examples from the Web for interdict
Foreign security sector support can and should include efforts to interdict poachers.The Curse of CAR: Warlords, Blood Diamonds, and Dead Elephants
May 25, 2014
These notices were rather a protest than an interdict, and were so understood.
Have I acted in this in accordance with your wishes—or do you interdict the publication?The Story of My Life
The Empress laid an interdict on the half of my income and pension.The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck
In June the King's commission requested the removal of the interdict.John Hus
No bishop with his interdict, no Pope with his "thunders from the Vatican."Hubert's Wife
Minnie Mary Lee
- RC Church the exclusion of a person or all persons in a particular place from certain sacraments and other benefits, although not from communion
- civil law any order made by a court or official prohibiting an act
- Scots law an order having the effect of an injunction
- Roman history
- an order of a praetor commanding or forbidding an act
- the procedure by which this order was sought
- to place under legal or ecclesiastical sanction; prohibit; forbid
- military to destroy (an enemy's lines of communication) by firepower
C13: from Latin interdictum prohibition, from interdīcere to forbid, from inter- + dīcere to say
Word Origin and History for interdict
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