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interdict

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noun in·ter·dict \ˈin-tər-ˌdikt\

Definition of interdict

  1. 1 :  a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical censure withdrawing most sacraments and Christian burial from a person or district

  2. 2 :  a prohibitory decree



Examples of interdict

  1. <the church's controversial interdict against the use of birth control devices>



Origin of interdict

Middle English, alteration of entredite, from Anglo-French, from Latin interdictum prohibition, from neuter of interdictus, past participle of interdicere to interpose, forbid, from inter- + dicere to say — more at diction


First Known Use: 15th century


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interdict

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verb in·ter·dict \ˌin-tər-ˈdikt\

Definition of interdict

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lay under or prohibit by an interdict

  3. 2 :  to forbid in a usually formal or authoritative manner

  4. 3 a :  to destroy, damage, or cut off (as an enemy line of supply) by firepower to stop or hamper an enemy b :  intercept 2a <interdict drug shipments>

in·ter·dic·tion play \-ˈdik-shən\ noun
in·ter·dic·tive play \-ˈdik-tiv\ adjective
in·ter·dic·tor play \-tər\ noun
in·ter·dic·to·ry play \-t(ə-)rē\ adjective


Examples of interdict

  1. <the state legislature moved to interdict the use of radar-detection devices by motorists>

  2. <federal agents are able to interdict only a small percentage of the narcotic shipments into the country>



15th Century

First Known Use of interdict

15th century

Synonym Discussion of interdict

forbid, prohibit, interdict, inhibit mean to debar one from doing something or to order that something not be done. forbid implies that the order is from one in authority and that obedience is expected <smoking is forbidden in the building>. prohibit suggests the issuing of laws, statutes, or regulations <prohibited the sale of liquor>. interdict implies prohibition by civil or ecclesiastical authority usually for a given time or a declared purpose <practices interdicted by the church>. inhibit implies restraints or restrictions that amount to prohibitions, not only by authority but also by the exigencies of the time or situation <conditions inhibiting the growth of free trade>.

Medical Dictionary

interdict

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noun in·ter·dict \ˈint-ər-ˌdikt\

Medical Definition of interdict

  1. civil law :  one who has been determined to be incompetent to care for his or her own person or affairs (as by reason of mental incapacity)





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