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tr.v. in·ter·dict·ed, in·ter·dict·ing, in·ter·dicts
1. To prohibit (an action or thing) or forbid (someone) to do something, especially by legal or ecclesiastical order.
a. To cut or destroy (a line of communication) by firepower so as to halt an enemy's advance.
b. 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).
1. An authoritative prohibition, especially by court order.
2. Roman Catholic Church An ecclesiastical censure that bars an individual, members of a given group, or inhabitants of a given district from participation in most sacraments.
[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.]
in′ter·dic′tive, in′ter·dic′to·ry (-dĭk′tə-rē) adj.
1. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church the exclusion of a person or all persons in a particular place from certain sacraments and other benefits, although not from communion
2. (Law) civil law any order made by a court or official prohibiting an act
3. (Law) Scots law an order having the effect of an injunction
4. (Historical Terms) Roman history
a. an order of a praetor commanding or forbidding an act
b. the procedure by which this order was sought
5. (Ecclesiastical Terms) to place under legal or ecclesiastical sanction; prohibit; forbid
6. (Military) military to destroy (an enemy's lines of communication) by firepower
[C13: from Latin interdictum prohibition, from interdīcere to forbid, from inter- + dīcere to say]
ˌinterˈdictive, ˌinterˈdictory adj
in•ter•dict(n. ˈɪn tərˌdɪkt; v. ˌɪn tərˈdɪkt)
1. any prohibitory act or decree of a court or an administrative officer.
2. a punishment by which the faithful, remaining in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, are forbidden certain sacraments and prohibited from participation in certain sacred acts.v.t.
3. to forbid; prohibit.
4. to cut off authoritatively from certain ecclesiastical functions and privileges.
a. to impede the flow of (troops, supplies, etc.) or hinder the use of (a road, airfield, etc.) by steady ground fire or bombing.
b. to impede the shipment of (supplies, contraband, etc.) by military operations or other aggressive measures.
[1250–1300; Middle English enterdit < Old French < Latin interdictum prohibition =inter- inter- + dīcere to speak;]
Past participle: interdicted
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|Noun||1.||interdict - an ecclesiastical censure by the Roman Catholic Church withdrawing certain sacraments and Christian burial from a person or all persons in a particular district|
|2.||interdict - a court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity|
court order - a writ issued by a court of law requiring a person to do something or to refrain from doing something
|Verb||1.||interdict - destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication|
|2.||interdict - command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night"; "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store"; "Dad nixed our plans"|
ban - prohibit especially by legal means or social pressure; "Smoking is banned in this building"
enjoin - issue an injunction