noun in·ter·dict \ˈin-tər-ˌdikt\

Definition of INTERDICT

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


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


verb in·ter·dict \ˌin-tər-ˈdikt\

Definition of INTERDICT

transitive verb
:  to lay under or prohibit by an interdict
:  to forbid in a usually formal or authoritative manner
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 \-ˈdik-shən\ noun
in·ter·dic·tive \-ˈdik-tiv\ adjective
in·ter·dic·tor \-tər\ noun
in·ter·dic·to·ry \-t(ə-)rē\ adjective

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


noun in·ter·dict \ˈint-ər-ˌdikt\

Medical Definition of INTERDICT

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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