Definition of interdict noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪntədɪkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪntərdɪkt//
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  1. 1(law) an official order from a court that orders you not to do something They are trying to get an interim interdict to stop construction of the road.
  2. 2(specialist) (in the Roman Catholic Church) an order banning somebody from taking part in church services, etc.
  3. Word OriginMiddle 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 cent. was due to association with the Latin form.
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