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interdict Syllabification: in·ter·dict

Definition of interdict in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈin(t)ərˌdikt/
1An authoritative prohibition: an interdict against marriage of those of close kin
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  • The university on Friday obtained an interim interdict prohibiting students from damaging property and harassing other students or staff members.
  • The company responded by getting a court interdict prohibiting any strikes related to the suspension of the shop stewards by the union.
  • The standard interdict handed out to abusers is hard to enforce, especially where partners have never married or where a relationship has ended in divorce.
1.1(In the Roman Catholic Church) a sentence barring a person, or especially a place, from ecclesiastical functions and privileges: a papal interdict
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  • Uncoupled from Christian myth or meaning matrix, the interdict imposed on the murderer is one of primitive annulment.
  • The church reacted to them ‘with interdict, excommunication, and anathema.’
  • While city officials prosecuted those who had been arrested, Fenwick placed the church under interdict, effectively closing it for two weeks.


Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈdikt/
[with object] chiefly North American Back to top  
1Prohibit or forbid (something): society will never interdict sex
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  • Bulgaria also interdicts enormous amounts of narcotics and counterfeit currency but, strangely, there are no successful prosecutions of major drug bosses or counterfeiters.
  • Now this Bill explicitly interdicts the incitement of religious hatred, where that means hatred of a group of persons defined by reference to religious belief or lack of religious belief.
  • The day before yesterday, the US partially closed the border with Jordan, interdicting the entry of men between the ages of 20 and 45.
1.1 (interdict someone from) Prohibit someone from (doing something): I have not been interdicted from consuming or holding alcoholic beverages
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  • It also asked the court to interdict them from telling suppliers that they are in financial difficulties.
  • Judge Sandi said no prejudice would be caused to him by the order interdicting him from practising as he could not in any event do so without a legitimate fidelity fund certificate.
  • He has asked the court to interdict the other parties from interfering with his work and that of other office-bearers.
2Intercept and prevent the movement of (a prohibited commodity or person): the police established roadblocks throughout the country for interdicting drugs
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  • This is the most critical work of counter-terrorism: gathering intelligence about the enemy that enables you to detect and interdict him before he can put his plan into action.
  • Instead I suggest interdicting one of the cattle shipments and replacing all of the cows in the shipment with some sort of robotic cow or perhaps ninjas in cow suits.
  • We have to be alert and aware and be as well-prepared to interdict and prevent all of those potential forms of attack.
intercept, stop, head off, cut off;
obstruct, impede, block;
2.1 Military Impede (an enemy force), especially by aerial bombing of lines of communication or supply.
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  • A classic example of the limited nature of the Korean War was the prohibition against crossing the Yalu River to engage enemy forces or interdict lines of communication.
  • Major enemy forces could be reliably blocked and destroyed mostly by artillery fire and air strikes; redeployment by sea could be interdicted by massed Air Force and Navy attacks.
  • Thereafter final Allied victory was only a matter of time, as sea and air forces interdicted German supply lines and Allied materiel poured in at astonishing rates.


Middle English entredite (in the ecclesiastical sense), from Old French entredit, from Latin interdictum, past participle of interdicere 'interpose, forbid by decree', from inter- 'between' + dicere 'say'. The spelling change in the 16th century was due to association with the Latin form.



Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈdikSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Ironically, rather than bolstering the case for sanctions, the interdiction of prohibited items was often seen as a sign of their failure.
  • Consider, for instance, the endless regulations and interdictions that provide the texture of domestic coupledom.
  • But nothing in the document directly talks about interdictions inside this 1,000 mile zone.

Words that rhyme with interdict

addict, afflict, conflict, constrict, contradict, convict, delict, depict, evict, hand-picked, inflict, Pict, predict, reconvict, strict

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