Interdict meaning

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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.

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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.

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To prohibit (an action or thing) or forbid (someone) to do something, especially by legal or ecclesiastical order.
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An authoritative prohibition, especially by court order.
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An ecclesiastical censure that bars an individual, members of a given group, or inhabitants of a given district from participation in most sacraments.
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To prohibit (an action) or prohibit the use of (a thing); forbid with authority.
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To restrain from doing or using something.
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To impede or hinder (the enemy) or isolate (an area, route, etc.) by firepower or bombing.
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To exclude (a person, parish, etc.) from certain acts, sacraments, or privileges.
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An official prohibition or restraint.
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An interdicting of a person, parish, etc.
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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). Extreme unction/Anointing of the Sick is excepted.
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(Roman Catholic) To exclude (someone or somewhere) from participation in church services; to place under a religious interdict. [from 13th c.]
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To forbid (an action or thing) by formal or legal sanction. [from 16th c.]
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To forbid (someone) from doing something. [from 16th c.]
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(US, military) To impede (an enemy); to interrupt or destroy (enemy communications, supply lines etc). [from 20th c.]
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Origin of interdict

  • 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 deik- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary