[ noun in-ter-dikt; verb in-ter-dikt ]
/ noun ˈɪn tərˌdɪkt; verb ˌɪn tərˈdɪkt /


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.

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. interdentium,
  2. interdepartmental,
  3. interdependence,
  4. interdependency,
  5. interdependent,
  6. interdict list,
  7. interdiction,
  8. interdictory,
  9. interdigit,
  10. interdigitate

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for interdict


noun (ˈɪntəˌdɪkt, -ˌdaɪt)

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
  1. an order of a praetor commanding or forbidding an act
  2. the procedure by which this order was sought

verb (ˌɪntəˈdɪkt, -ˈdaɪt) (tr)

to place under legal or ecclesiastical sanction; prohibit; forbid
military to destroy (an enemy's lines of communication) by firepower
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



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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