AskDefine | Define interdict

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1 an ecclesiastical censure by the Roman Catholic Church withdrawing certain sacraments and Christian burial from a person or all persons in a particular district
2 a court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity [syn: interdiction]


1 destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication
2 command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night"; "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store" [syn: forbid, prohibit, proscribe, veto, disallow] [ant: permit, permit]

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From Old English enterditen (to place under a church ban), from Old French entredit (forbid), from Latin interdicere, from Latin inter- (between) + dicere, from Indo-European deik-.


  1. A papal decree prohibiting the administration of the sacraments from a political entity under the power of a single person (e.g., a king or an oligarchy with similar powers). Exteme unction/Anointing of the sick are excepted.


  1. To forbid by church or legal sanction.
  2. To damage, interrupt or destroy enemy lines of communication.
  3. (Roman Catholic) to exclude a person or geographical area from participation in church symbolism and services.
  4. To exclude from church sacraments including burial.
  5. To invoke a prohibition against contact with another.


Christian Science Monitor: "...the role of the FBI in interdicting spies attempting to pass US secrets to the Soviet Union".


Extensive Definition

The term Interdict may refer to:
interdict in German: Interdikt
interdict in French: Interdit
interdict in Italian: Interdizione
interdict in Slovenian: Interdikt

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