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interdict

[noun in-ter-dikt; verb in-ter-dikt]
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noun
  1. Civil Law. any prohibitory act or decree of a court or an administrative officer.
  2. 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.
  3. Roman Law. a general or special order of the Roman praetor forbidding or commanding an act, especially in cases involving disputed possession.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to forbid; prohibit.
  2. Ecclesiastical. to cut off authoritatively from certain ecclesiastical functions and privileges.
  3. to impede by steady bombardment: Constant air attacks interdicted the enemy's advance.
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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
Related formsin·ter·dic·tor, nounun·in·ter·dict·ed, adjective
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Related Words for interdict

prohibit, inhibit, halt, prevent, forbid, proscribe, stop, veto, ban, taboo, outlaw

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British Dictionary definitions for interdict

interdict

noun (ˈɪntəˌdɪkt, -ˌdaɪt)
  1. RC Church the exclusion of a person or all persons in a particular place from certain sacraments and other benefits, although not from communion
  2. civil law any order made by a court or official prohibiting an act
  3. Scots law an order having the effect of an injunction
  4. Roman history
    1. an order of a praetor commanding or forbidding an act
    2. the procedure by which this order was sought
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verb (ˌɪntəˈdɪkt, -ˈdaɪt) (tr)
  1. to place under legal or ecclesiastical sanction; prohibit; forbid
  2. military to destroy (an enemy's lines of communication) by firepower
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Derived Formsinterdictive or interdictory, adjectiveinterdictively, adverbinterdictor, noun

Word Origin for interdict

C13: from Latin interdictum prohibition, from interdīcere to forbid, from inter- + dīcere to say
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Word Origin and History for interdict

v.

late 13c., from Old French entredit, past participle of entredire "forbid by decree," from Latin interdicere "interpose by speech, prohibit," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + dicere "to speak, to say" (see diction). Related: Interdicted; interdicting.

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