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Meaning of INTERDICT

Pronunciation:  [n]'intur`dikt, [v]`intur'dikt, `intur'dikt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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. [v]  command against; "I forbid you to call me late at night"
  3. [v]  destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication

INTERDICT is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: disallow, forbid, prohibit, proscribe, veto
 Antonyms: allow, countenance, let, permit
 See Also: animadversion, ban, bar, censure, command, compel, criminalise, criminalize, debar, destroy, destruct, enjoin, exclude, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw, require



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In`ter*dict"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Interdicted}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Interdicting}.] [OE. entrediten to forbid
    communion, L. interdicere, interdictum. See {Interdict}, n.]
    1. To forbid; to prohibit or debar; as, to interdict
       intercourse with foreign nations.
             Charged not to touch the interdicted tree. --Milton.
    2. (Eccl.) To lay under an interdict; to cut off from the
       enjoyment of religious privileges, as a city, a church, an
             An archbishop may not only excommunicate and
             interdict his suffragans, but his vicar general may
             do the same.                          --Ayliffe.
  2. \In"ter*dict`\, n. [OE. entredit, enterdit, OF.
    entredit, F. interdit, fr. L. interdictum, fr. interdicere to
    interpose, prohibit; inter between + dicere to say. See
    1. A prohibitory order or decree; a prohibition.
             These are not fruits forbidden; no interdict Defends
             the touching of these viands pure.    --Milton.
    2. (R. C. Ch.) A prohibition of the pope, by which the clergy
       or laymen are restrained from performing, or from
       attending, divine service, or from administering the
       offices or enjoying the privileges of the church.
    3. (Scots Law) An order of the court of session, having the
       like purpose and effect with a writ of injunction out of
       chancery in England and America.
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