Examples of interdict in a Sentence
the church's controversial interdict against the use of birth control devices
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Interdict and interdiction are used for very serious prohibitions—more serious than, say, a professor telling the class that texting is forbidden during lectures. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, an interdict was a sentence imposed by the powerful Catholic Church forbidding a person or place, and sometimes even an entire country, from receiving church privileges or participating in church functions. Interdict now often means "cut off" in a physically forceful way as well; interdictions are usually targeted at either arms supplies or illegal drug shipments.
Origin and Etymology of interdict
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsban, embargo, prohibition, interdiction, proscription, veto
Related Wordsno-no, taboo (also tabu); constraint, inhibition, limitation, restraint, restriction; deterrent, discouragement; repression, suppression; prevention; denial, disallowance, negation, refusal, rejection; objection, protest; caveat, warning; no-no; commandment, decree, dictate, edict, injunction, mandate
Near Antonymssufferance, tolerance, toleration; allowance, allowing, authorization, clearance, consent, granting, leave, letting, license (or licence), licensing (also licencing), permission, permitting, sanction, sanctioning; approbation, approval, blessing, endorsement (also indorsement), imprimatur, OK (or okay); enabling, encouragement, facilitation, promotion, support; compliance, obedience, submission; accession, acquiescence, agreement, assent
Definition of interdict
- interdict drug shipments
Examples of interdict in a Sentence
the state legislature moved to interdict the use of radar-detection devices by motorists
federal agents are able to interdict only a small percentage of the narcotic shipments into the country
Recent Examples of interdict from the Web
The Waesche alone interdicted seven narco-boats during its latest mission, capturing about $266 million worth of drugs, according to the cutter’s commander, Capt.
The department is considering trained canine units as an option for interdicting the contraband cellphones.
DEA officials told lawmakers that, in the midst of a counternarcotics mission, civilians on a boat being interdicted fired first, prompting Honduran officers to return fire.
Armed looters Looters armed with weapons and heavy machinery removed the wall and three adjacent sections in 1998, but trucks containing two of the four sections were interdicted at the Thai border and returned to the National Museum of Cambodia.
Elizebeth cut her teeth as a codebreaker during Prohibition in the unlikely role of interdicting rumrunners.
So the government does have to understand the criminal elements within these groups well enough to infiltrate and interdict those longer, more dangerous plots.
This is why any notion of using the military to interdict smuggling at the border is a terrible idea.
Italy’s navy was interdicting human traffickers, and the leader of an army controlling much of eastern Libya had vowed to use force if its warships sailed into Libyan waters without permission.
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First Known Use of interdict
Synonymsban, bar, enjoin, forbid, outlaw, prohibit, proscribe
Antonymsallow, let, permit, suffer
Related Wordsdeter, discourage, dissuade; clamp down (on), crack down (on), crush, put down, quash, quell, repress, silence, snuff (out), squash, squelch, subdue, suppress; halt, preclude, prevent, stop; embargo, exclude, rule out, shut out; debar, deprive, disallow, reject, repudiate, veto; bridle, check, curb, inhibit, rein (in), restrain; block, hinder, impede, obstruct
Near Antonymsapprove, endorse (also indorse), sanction; authorize, license (also licence), warrant; abet, advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, further, nourish, nurture, promote, support; bid, command, order; abide, bear, brook, countenance, endure, tolerate
Synonym Discussion of interdict
- smoking is forbidden in the building
- prohibited the sale of liquor
- practices interdicted by the church
- conditions inhibiting the growth of free trade
legal Definition of interdict
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