Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The offense under English law of appealing to or obeying a foreign court or authority, thus challenging the supremacy of the Crown.
  • noun The writ charging this offense.
  • noun The penalty for this offense.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bring within the penalties of a præmunire.
  • noun In English law, a species of writ, or the offense for which it is granted, or the penalty incurred.
  • noun A serious or awkward position; a predicament.
  • noun Another English statute, of 1392, designed to check the power of the Pope in England, by punishing those who procured from the papal authority any process against the king, or his crown or realm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To subject to the penalties of præmunire.
  • noun The offense of introducing foreign authority into England, the penalties for which were originally intended to depress the civil power of the pope in the kingdom.
  • noun The writ grounded on that offense.
  • noun The penalty ascribed for the offense of præmunire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law, historical The offence, in English law, of appealing to or obeying a foreign court or authority, especially a papal court or authority.
  • verb obsolete To subject to the penalties of praemunire.

Etymologies

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

[Short for Middle English premunire facias, a writ of praemunire, from Medieval Latin praemūnīre faciās : praemūnīre, to warn (from Latin, to fortify : prae-, pre- + mūnīre, to defend; see munition) + Latin faciās, that you cause, second person sing. present subjunctive of facere, to do (words used in the writ).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Shortened form of praemunire facias.

Examples

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  • To my surprise the consensus is that this word is pronounced "pree-myoo-NIGH-ree." The concluding "-nire" cluster rhymes neither with "tire" nor with "ear," as I thought it might. The Brits are to blame.

    In Merry Olde the law once viewed

    The pope a risk to be eschewed.

    Now Rome seems benign

    And Islam malign.

    So everywhere the fear's renewed.

    The rhetoric is loud and fiery

    To thwart the menace in entirety.

    From France to Korea

    They're damning sharia

    And resurrecting praemunire.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_on_sharia_law

    November 7, 2015