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Interdict can refer to several things:

Look up interdict in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
  • In law, an interdict is a court order enforcing or, more commonly, prohibiting a certain action; a synonym for "injunction". Types of interdicts include: a restraining order (where, for instance a person is prevented from threatening, harassing, or abusing another person); a suppression or "gagging" order (where, for instance, a newspaper is prevented from making certain information public); and an enforcement order (where, for instance, a company is forced to withhold wages from a person who has failed to meet maintenance or other financial obligations).
  • In the Roman Catholic Church, interdict is an ecclesiastical penalty which (temporarily) bars a specific person or group of people from receiving the sacraments.
  • A type of shield or military defense against attack.
  • Conversely, the act of attacking or interrupting a military logistics system, for example air interdiction.
  • In Roman Law, it was (under the name interdictum) an order of a "praetor"

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AllRefer.com - interdict (Roman Catholic And Orthodox Churches: General Terms And Concepts) - Encyclopedia (210 words)
When a parish, state, or nation is placed under the interdict no public church ceremony may take place, only certain sacraments, especially baptism, may be administered, and the dead may not receive Christian burial.
The interdict is used to sway public opinion and to force action.
A famous example was the interdict placed upon England during the reign of King John by Innocent III in 1208.
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