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[in-ter-dik-shuh n]
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  1. an act or instance of interdicting.
  2. the state of being interdicted.
  3. an interdict.
  4. steady bombardment of enemy positions and communications lines for the purpose of delaying and disorganizing progress.
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Origin of interdiction

First recorded in 1485–95, interdiction is from the Latin word interdictiōn- (stem of interdictiō). See interdict, -ion
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Related Words for interdiction

suppression, decree, sentence, injunction, boycott, penalty, interdict, writ, ban, command, embargo, restriction, proscription, stoppage, refusal, limitation, prohibition, inhibition, censorship, taboo

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Historical Examples of interdiction

  • Why should the Congregation of the Index threaten his work with interdiction?

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

  • Thoughtlessly, without remembering her interdiction, I turned the knob.

  • The fine carries the interdiction with it, Mr. Traill, if you are asking for information.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • The interdiction of the precious metals was therefore of later origin.

  • But notwithstanding this interdiction these also were sent as remittances.

British Dictionary definitions for interdiction


  1. the act of interdicting or state of being interdicted
  2. an interdict
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Word Origin and History for interdiction


mid-15c., enterdiccioun, from Latin interdictionem (nominative interdictio) "prohibition, interdiction," noun of action from past participle stem of interdicere (see interdict).

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