interdict interdict  /ˈɪn tər ˌdɪkt/


  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. (n) a court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity
  3. (v) destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication
  4. (v) command against

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  1. The suddenness of the attack meant there was little time for campus authorities to interdict Kazmierczak.
  2. Lately the AAMD and the Academy have been working towards an accommodation with one another, but for now the interdict still stands.
  3. They're the ones Washington desperately wants to find, because they might provide the definitive link to bin Laden and interdict more terrorist acts.


  • Plan stresses cross-border cooperation

    Continued cooperation with Mexico to address threats posed by the illicit trafficking of drugs, weapons and cash across the border, along with increased efforts to interdict drugs headed to the U.S., are the key elements of the Office of National Drug Control Policy's "Comprehensive Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy" released Tuesday. ...
    on July 3, 2013     Source: The Washington Times


  1. "Security depends upon a sophisticated intelligence apparatus and the ability of our Armed Forces to act and to interdict," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. "Security subsists, too, in fidelity to freedom's first...
    on Jun 12, 2008 By: Anthony Kennedy Source: Christian Science Monitor

  2. "We will do everything we can to both interdict it and prevent it and shut off their flow of money," Clinton said. "If we do not take significant and effective action against the North Koreans now, we'll spark an arms race in Northeast Asia....
    on Jun 8, 2009 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Washington Post

  3. "What the president made very clear is these are activities that are going on in Iraq that are unacceptable. They put our people at risk. He said very clearly that we will take action against those. We will interdict their operations, we will...
    on Jan 14, 2007 By: Stephen Hadley Source: Washington Post

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untenable untenable
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