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Meaning of interdict

in•ter•dict

Pronunciation: (n.in'tur-dikt"v.in"tur-dikt'), [key]
— n.
  1. any prohibitory act or decree of a court or an administrative officer.
  2. a punishment by which the faithful, remaining in communion with the church, are forbidden certain sacraments and prohibited from participation in certain sacred acts.
  3. a general or special order of the Roman praetor forbidding or commanding an act, esp. in cases involving disputed possession.
—v.t.
  1. to forbid; prohibit.
  2. to cut off authoritatively from certain ecclesiastical functions and privileges.
  3. to impede by steady bombardment: Constant air attacks interdicted the enemy's advance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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