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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb interdict:


Interdict (to forbid; prohibit) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the noun interdict

What does interdict mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: interdicts

  1. 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. a court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity

Alternative definition of the noun interdict


  1. A papal decree prohibiting the administration of the sacraments from a political entity under the power of a single person (e.g., a king or an oligarchy with similar powers). Exteme unction/Anointing of the sick are excepted.

Definition of the verb interdict

What does interdict mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: interdicted | interdicting | interdicts

  1. destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: destroy / destruct = do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
  2. command against

Alternative definition of the verb interdict


  1. [transitive, Roman Catholic] To exclude (someone or somewhere) from participation in church services; to place under a religious interdict. [definition from 13th c.]
  2. [transitive] To forbid (an action or thing) by formal or legal sanction. [definition from 16th c.]
  3. [transitive] To forbid (someone) from doing something. [definition from 16th c.]
  4. [transitive, US, military] To impede (an enemy); to interrupt or destroy (enemy communications, supply lines etc). [definition from 20th c.]

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Interdict

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Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (1986)

by René David

The interdict is a decree or order of the court restraining a person from committing or continuing a wrong.491 Like the injunction in...

Google previewSecret Honor (2000)

by W.E.B. Griffin

Interdict means everything that's down ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to the Popes and the Papacy (2001)

by Brandon Toropov

Vatican Vocabulary An interdict is a punishment permitting an offender to remain in communion with the Church, but prohibiting participation in certain sacraments and activities. Lucius II (1 144-1 145) forged an alliance with the ...

Google previewFreedom of Religion and Belief (2002)

Europe's Story by Karel Blei

The interdict is a ban upon an entire nation: any administration of sacraments is forbidden, which means that the whole population is then excluded from receiving God's grace. These are indeed powerful weapons, Christian Europe in the ...

Google previewThe Evergreen (1846)

An Interdict is an ec. clesiastical censure, which, in its most extended sense, forbids the celebration of divine service or the administration of the sacraments, the burial of the dead, etc. in the place or country under the sentence. This interdict is ...

Google previewA Dictionary of British History (2004)

interdict A papal prohibition which could operate at various levels. A general interdict could be imposed only by the pope. Pope Alexander III placed ...

Google previewA Catholic Dictionary (1961)

by William E. Addis, Aeterna Press

the prohibition of saying Mass, and the interdiction of the guilty, and often of the innocent also, from approach to the sacraments— appears in the ecclesiastical interdict, which is defined to be “an ecclesiastical censure, by which persons are ...

Google previewThe popular encyclopedia; or, 'Conversations Lexicon': [ed. by A. Whitelaw from the Encyclopedia Americana]. (1846)

by Alexander Whitelaw

INTERDICT; an ecclesiastical censure in the Catholic church, the effect of which, taken in its most extended sense, is, that no kind of divine service is celebrated in the place or country under the sentence; the sacraments are not administered ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous or Parallel Expressions Designed as a Practical Guide to Aptness and Variety of Phraseology (1881)

by Richard Soule

Interdict, prohibition. Taboo, v. a. Interdict, forbid, prohibit, put under taboo, put under an interdict, forbid to be used or touched. Tabouret, n. [Fr.] Stool. Tabular, a . 1. Of a table. 2. Flat, plane. 3. Laminated, lamellar, lamelliform, foliated, scaly, ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

INTERDICT, v. a. k m s.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

INTERDICT. INTERFERE. spirit, and well deserve extraction. L' experience a fait voir que ces rigueursnuisoient plus a la Religion quelles v'y servoient. Les innocens souffroienl pour les coupa- bles, puisqu'ils etoient priv'es des offices divins ...

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Scrabble value of I1N1T1E1R1D2I1C3T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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