- 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.
Etymology: From Old English enterditen (to place under a church ban), from Old French entredit (forbid), from Latin interdÄcere (prohibit), from Latin inter- (between) + dÄcere (to say), from Indo-European deik-<ref name="heritage">(R:American Heritage 2000, interdiction)</ref>.
- (transitive) To forbid by church or legal sanction.
- (transitive) To damage, interrupt or destroy enemy lines of communication.
- (transitive) (Roman Catholic) to exclude a person or geographical area from participation in church symbolism and services.
- (transitive) To exclude from church sacraments including burial.
- To invoke a prohibition against contact with another.
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