• (GA) IPA: /ˈɪntɚdɪkt/, /ɪntɚˈdɪkt/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɪntədɪkt/, /ɪntəˈdɪkt/

interdict (plural interdicts)

  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). Extreme unction/Anointing of the Sick is excepted.
  2. (Scotland, legal) An injunction.
Translations Verb

interdict (interdicts, present participle interdicting; past and past participle interdicted)

  1. (transitive, Roman Catholic) To exclude (someone or somewhere) from participation in church services; to place under a religious interdict. [from 13th c.]
    • An archbishop may not only excommunicate and interdict his suffragans, but his vicar general may do the same.
  2. (transitive) To forbid (an action or thing) by formal or legal sanction. [from 16th c.]
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Charged not to touch the interdicted tree.
  3. (transitive) To forbid (someone) from doing something. [from 16th c.]
  4. (transitive, US, military) To impede (an enemy); to interrupt or destroy (enemy communications, supply lines etc). [from 20th c.]
    • 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, Oxford 2004, p. 756:
      Grant did not cease his efforts to interdict Lee's supply lines and break through the defenses.
Related terms Translations
  • French: interdire
  • Russian: сдерживать

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