Definition of "interdict" []

  • To prohibit or place under an ecclesiastical or legal sanction. (verb-transitive)
  • To forbid or debar, especially authoritatively. See Synonyms at forbid. (verb-transitive)
  • To cut or destroy (a line of communication) by firepower so as to halt an enemy's advance. (verb-transitive)
  • 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). (verb-transitive)
  • Law A prohibition by court order. (noun)
  • The exclusion of a person or all persons in a particular place from certain sacraments and other benefits, although not from communion (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any order made by a court or official prohibiting an act (noun)
  • An order having the effect of an injunction (noun)
  • An order of a praetor commanding or forbidding an act (noun)
  • The procedure by which this order was sought (noun)
  • To place under legal or ecclesiastical sanction; prohibit; forbid (verb)
  • To destroy (an enemy's lines of communication) by firepower (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "interdict" in a sentence
  • "Some think that the term interdict is properly applied only to orders of abstention, because it is derived from the verb 'interdicere,' meaning to denounce or forbid, and that orders of restitution or production are properly termed decrees; but in practice they are all called interdicts, because they are given 'inter duos,' between two parties."
  • "They're pushing further and further out, trying to what they call interdict communications John supply lines leading to and from Kandahar that could be used by the Taliban."
  • "These at last obtained an interdict from the usurper Smerdis the Magian (called Artaxerxes in Ezr"