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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.
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)

verb (transitive) (ˌɪntəˈdɪkt; -ˈdaɪt)
to place under legal or ecclesiastical sanction; prohibit; forbid
(military) to destroy (an enemy’s lines of communication) by firepower

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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