- The definition of an interdict is an absolute order not to do something issued by a person in authority.
An order issued by the King forbidding his subjects from eating meat on Tuesday is an example of an interdict.
- To interdict is defined as to prohibit or forbid or restrain.
When the President passes a law forbidding the use of drugs, this is an example of a time when the President interdicts the use of drugs.
- to prohibit (an action) or prohibit the use of (a thing); forbid with authority
- to restrain from doing or using something
- Mil. to impede or hinder (the enemy) or isolate (an area, route, etc.) by firepower or bombing
- R.C.Ch. to exclude (a person, parish, etc.) from certain acts, sacraments, or privileges
Origin of interdictaltered (infl. by Classical Latin interdictus) from Middle English entrediten from noun entredit: see interdictnoun below
- an official prohibition or restraint
- R.C.Ch. an interdicting of a person, parish, etc.
Origin of interdictaltered (infl. by L) < ME entredit < OFr < L interdictum < pp. of interdicere, to forbid, prohibit, lit., to speak between < inter- (see inter-) + dicere, to speak (see diction)
transitive verbin·ter·dict·ed, in·ter·dict·ing, in·ter·dicts
- 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 )
- An authoritative prohibition, especially by court order.
- 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.
Origin of interdictAlteration 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
(third-person singular simple present interdicts, present participle interdicting, simple past and past participle interdicted)
- (Roman Catholic) To exclude (someone or somewhere) from participation in church services; to place under a religious interdict. [from 13th c.]
- To forbid (an action or thing) by formal or legal sanction. [from 16th c.]
- To forbid (someone) from doing something. [from 16th c.]
- (US, military) To impede (an enemy); to interrupt or destroy (enemy communications, supply lines etc). [from 20th c.]