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The Definition of - interdict (verb)

    Civil Law. any prohibitory act or decree of a court or an administrative officer.
    Roman Catholic Church. a punishment by which the faithful, remaining in communion with the church, are forbidden certain sacraments and prohibited from participation in certain sacred acts.
    Roman Law. a general or special order of the Roman praetor forbidding or commanding an act, especially in cases involving disputed possession.
    verb (used with object)
    to forbid; prohibit.
    Ecclesiastical. to cut off authoritatively from certain ecclesiastical functions and privileges.
    to impede by steady bombardment:
    Constant air attacks interdicted the enemy's advance.

Word Example of - interdict

    Example Sentences for interdict

    The political legislator may place their empire under an interdict, but he cannot reign there.

    Have I acted in this in accordance with your wishes—or do you interdict the publication?

    Nurse was a foreigner, a Christian Liberian woman, who was not amenable to the interdict.

    The Empress laid an interdict on the half of my income and pension.

    The old man did not lay an interdict upon the entertainment.

    In June the King's commission requested the removal of the interdict.

    She had laid an interdict upon any expression of his sentiment.

    I was glad to perceive that my interdict of the deathchamber had been respected.

    The bishops, nevertheless, soon published the Interdict, and fled.

    I foresee in Livia's mind a dread of the aforesaid "arch," and an interdict.

Word Origin & History of - interdict

    Word Origin & History

    interdict late 13c., from O.Fr. entredit, pp. of entredire "forbid by decree," from L. interdicere "interpose by speech, prohibit," from inter- "between" + dicere "to speak, to say" (see diction).

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