from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To prohibit or place under an ecclesiastical or legal sanction.
  • transitive v. To forbid or debar, especially authoritatively. See Synonyms at forbid.
  • transitive v. To cut or destroy (a line of communication) by firepower so as to halt an enemy's advance.
  • transitive v. To confront and halt the activities, advance, or entry of: "the role of the FBI in interdicting spies attempting to pass US secrets to the Soviet Union” ( Christian Science Monitor).
  • n. Law A prohibition by court order.
  • n. Roman Catholic Church An ecclesiastical censure that excludes a person or district from participation in most sacraments and from Christian burial.

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  • n. A papal decree prohibiting the administration of the sacraments from a political entity under the power of a single person (e.g., a king or an oligarchy with similar powers). Exteme unction/Anointing of the sick are excepted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A prohibitory order or decree; a prohibition.
  • n. A prohibition of the pope, by which the clergy or laymen are restrained from performing, or from attending, divine service, or from administering the offices or enjoying the privileges of the church.
  • n. An order of the court of session, having the like purpose and effect with a writ of injunction out of chancery in England and America.
  • transitive v. To forbid; to prohibit or debar.
  • transitive v. To lay under an interdict; to cut off from the enjoyment of religious privileges, as a city, a church, an individual.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To declare authoritatively against, as the use or doing of something; debar by forbidding; prohibit peremptorily.
  • To prohibit from some action-or proceeding; restrain by prohibitory injunction; estop; preclude.
  • Specifically Eccles., to cut off from communion with a church; debar from ecclesiastical functions or privileges.
  • Synonyms Prohibit, etc. See forbid.
  • n. An official or authoritative prohibition; a prohibitory order or decree.
  • n. In Roman law, an adjudication, by a solemn ordinance issued by the pretor, in his capacity of governing magistrate, for the purpose of quieting a controversy, usually as to peaceable possession, between private parties. ;
  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, an ecclesiastical sentence which forbids the right of Christian burial, the use of the sacraments, and the enjoyment of public worship, or the exercise of ecclesiastical functions.
  • n. In Scots law, an injunction. See suspension.
  • n. In law, an incompetent; one judicially declared to be incapable of earing for his person or estate. See interdiction, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication
  • n. a court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity
  • v. command against
  • n. an ecclesiastical censure by the Roman Catholic Church withdrawing certain sacraments and Christian burial from a person or all persons in a particular district


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Alteration of Middle English enterditen, to place under a church ban, from Old French entredit, past participle of entredire, to forbid, from Latin interdīcere, interdict- : inter-, inter- + dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English entrediten, from Old French entredire ("forbid"), from Latin interdīcere, present active infinitive of interdīcō ("prohibit, forbid"), from inter ("between") + dīcō ("say"), from Proto-Indo-European *deikō.


  • Some think that the term interdict is properly applied only to orders of abstention, because it is derived from the verb 'interdicere,' meaning to denounce or forbid, and that orders of restitution or production are properly termed decrees; but in practice they are all called interdicts, because they are given 'inter duos,' between two parties.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • They're pushing further and further out, trying to what they call interdict communications John supply lines leading to and from Kandahar that could be used by the Taliban.

    CNN Transcript Dec 6, 2001

  • These at last obtained an interdict from the usurper Smerdis the Magian (called Artaxerxes in Ezr

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade (IFPYB) called the interdict "the greatest assault on freedom since 1994".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • He said the interdict was a continuation of Nextcom's successful legal challenge against Satra's first recommendation in April, and it was hoped that the regulatory body's final decision would be overturned.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The particular personal interdict, which is a real censure, affects individuals much in the same way as excommunication.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • It will suffice to recall the interdict imposed in 1200 on the Kingdom of

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • This interdict, which is borrowed, except for a few minor modifications, from c. viii, "De privilegiis", in VI of Boniface VIII, is therefore reserved to the competent prelate.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • One should also abolish certain punishments inflicted by the canon law, especially the interdict, which is doubtless the invention of the evil one.

    Articles 10-18. Twenty-Seven Articles Respecting the Reformation of the Christian Estate

  • In 'Uti possidetis' the party in possession at the issue of the interdict was the winner, provided he had not obtained that possession from his adversary by force, or clandestinely, or by permission; whether he had obtained it from some one else in any of these modes was immaterial.

    The Institutes of Justinian


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