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[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.
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 forms
interdictor, noun
uninterdicted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for interdict
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  • The political legislator may place their empire under an interdict, but he cannot reign there.

    The Aesthetical Essays Friedrich Schiller
  • Have I acted in this in accordance with your wishes—or do you interdict the publication?

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • Nurse was a foreigner, a Christian Liberian woman, who was not amenable to the interdict.

    Fetichism in West Africa Robert Hamill Nassau
  • The Empress laid an interdict on the half of my income and pension.

  • The old man did not lay an interdict upon the entertainment.

    Bunyan Characters Alexander Whyte
  • In June the King's commission requested the removal of the interdict.

    John Hus William Dallmann
  • She had laid an interdict upon any expression of his sentiment.

  • I was glad to perceive that my interdict of the deathchamber had been respected.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The bishops, nevertheless, soon published the interdict, and fled.

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 (transitive) (ˌɪntəˈdɪkt; -ˈdaɪt)
to place under legal or ecclesiastical sanction; prohibit; forbid
(military) to destroy (an enemy's lines of communication) by firepower
Derived Forms
interdictive, interdictory, adjective
interdictively, adverb
interdictor, noun
Word Origin
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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