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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)

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.

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"