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A freebie from the road gods, a car like this will make a great undercover vehicle for drug interdiction.
Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  authoritative prohibition; or to stop or hamper
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interdiction interdict interdicted interdicting interdicts interdictor interdictory
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Religious:  an ecclesiastical censure by the Roman Catholic Church withdrawing certain sacraments and Christian burial from a person or all persons in a particular district

Law:  a court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity

Law enforcement:  police action to prevent something such as trafficking of drugs or illegal aliens

Military:  destroy by firepower, such as an enemy’s line of communication

Standard suffix:  The suffix, tion converts the verb interdict to a noun.
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  • A freebie from the road gods, a car like this will make a great undercover vehicle for drug interdiction.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • What Jem did was something I’d do as a matter of course had I not been under Atticus’s interdict, which I assumed included not fighting horrible old ladies.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Ali then entered bringing coffee and chibouques; as to M. Baptistin, this portion of the building was interdicted to him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But the names of saints are not interdicted.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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  • What, bury him despite the interdict?
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • In the meantime the host and his wife hurried down with lamps into the cellar, which had so long been interdicted to them and where a frightful spectacle awaited them.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The men are mad enough to ignore the interdiction and, taking advantage of Odysseus’ absence while he catches an hour or so of sleep, they seize the cattle, slaughter and devour them.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • —O nation miserable, With an untitled tyrant bloody-scepter’d, When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again, Since that the truest issue of thy throne By his own interdiction stands accurs’d And does blaspheme his breed?
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • "I understand thee, Sancho," replied Don Quixote; "thou art dying to have the interdict I placed upon thy tongue removed; consider it removed, and say what thou wilt while we are wandering in these mountains."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • In vain she wept and writhed against the interdict, and implored her father to have pity on Linton: all she got to comfort her was a promise that he would write and give him leave to come to the Grange when he pleased; but explaining that he must no longer expect to see Catherine at Wuthering Heights.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • Sternly he pronounced The rigid interdiction, which resounds Yet dreadful in mine ear, though in my choice Not to incur; but soon his clear aspect Returned, and gracious purpose thus renewed.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Bear in mind, too, that under these untoward circumstances he has to cut many feet deep in the flesh; and in that subterraneous manner, without so much as getting one single peep into the ever-contracting gash thus made, he must skilfully steer clear of all adjacent, interdicted parts, and exactly divide the spine at a critical point hard by its insertion into the skull.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I was solemnly interdicted by her, on her recovery, from touching my brother any more on any pretence whatever; and my poor mother, who, I could see, wished otherwise, meekly confirmed the interdict, by saying: ’No doubt you are right, my dear Jane.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • …person, who travelled through Italy from Turkey, tells, _That there is only the face and outward pomp of religion there; that the church protects murderers and assassins; and then delivers the civil magistrate over to Satan for doing justice; interdicts whole kingdoms, and shuts up the churches for want of paying a few ecclesiastical dues, and so puts a stop to religion for want of their money; that the court of Inquisition burnt two men for speaking dishonourably of the Blessed…
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • This could be the beginning of a conventional war against NATO, its first step being interdiction of the sea lines of communication.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • He obeyed then, but the strength of his desire protested against the servility of his conduct; and he thought, with a kind of naive hypocrisy, that his interdict to see her gave him a sort of right to love her.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • We met, after I had brought home little Miles, more intimately than ever on the ground of my stupefaction, my general emotion: so monstrous was I then ready to pronounce it that such a child as had now been revealed to me should be under an interdict.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • It gratified Mrs. Penniman to be able to feel conscientiously that this scene virtually removed the interdict which Catherine had placed upon her further communion with Morris Townsend.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Closer to the ship, occasional vague, reptilian shapes would blunder into the interdiction field, cry out, and then crash away through indigo mists.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • In September, with the help of Winnie’s lawyers, I brought an urgent application for an interdict against the local Brandfort security police to restrain them from harassing my daughter.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The ideas of chivalrous honour, which, amidst his wildness and levity, never utterly abandoned De Bracy, prohibited him from doing the knight any injury in his defenceless condition, and equally interdicted his betraying him to Front-de-Boeuf, who would have had no scruples to put to death, under any circumstances, the rival claimant of the fief of Ivanhoe.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Pansy was as ready for a dance as ever; she was not of a generalising turn and had not extended to other pleasures the interdict she had seen placed on those of love.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • …the Pope; and he considering the great goodness of King Arthur, and of Sir Launcelot, that was called the most noblest knights of the world, wherefore the Pope called unto him a noble clerk that at that time was there present; the French book saith, it was the Bishop of Rochester; and the Pope gave him bulls under lead unto King Arthur of England, charging him upon pain of interdicting of all England, that he take his queen Dame Guenever unto him again, and accord with Sir Launcelot.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • …possessed: —this man who later showed the same indolence, almost uninterest, the same detachment when the uproar about that engagement which, so far as Jefferson knew, never formally existed, which Bon himself never affirmed or denied, arose and he in the background, impartial and passive as though it were not himself involved or he acting on behalf of some absent friend, but as though the person involved and interdict were someone whom he had never heard of and cared nothing about.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • The actual state of his mind—his proud resolve to give the lie beforehand to any suspicion that he would play the needy adventurer seeking a rich woman—lay quite out of her imagination, and she had interpreted all his behavior easily enough by her supposition that Mr. Casaubon’s codicil seemed to him, as it did to her, a gross and cruel interdict on any active friendship between them.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Upon this score he was so jealous of austerity and reserve, that when the Dame de Beaujeu, the king’s daughter, came to visit the cloister of Notre-Dame, in the month of December, 1481, he gravely opposed her entrance, reminding the bishop of the statute of the Black Book, dating from the vigil of Saint-Barthélemy, 1334, which interdicts access to the cloister to "any woman whatever, old or young, mistress or maid."
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • When he has given distinct proof of being a philosopher, you will raise your interdict.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • The only punishments which the political tribunals can inflict are removal, or the interdiction of public functions for the future.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The remark does not interdict the further saying, if his scruples had been ever so extreme, not improbably he would at this time have smothered them.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Pansy was as ready for a dance as ever; she was not of a generalising turn and had not extended to other pleasures the interdict she had seen placed on those of love.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • But in this case the political interdict is a consequence of the sentence, and not the sentence itself.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Pennsylvania and North Carolina are the two which contain the interdiction in these words: "As standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, THEY OUGHT NOT to be kept up."
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Close to retrieval circle and interdict!
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • A young, powerful man in uniform, driving a Jeep, stepping out, and-through the mists of Jason’s inner screen-yelling at what was left of an assault team that had returned from interdicting an ordnance route paralleling the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • But I do say that there is no unvarying conventional set of rules by which people are judged; no bed of Procrustes to stretch or cramp their minds and lives; no hypocritical excommunication which people are forced to pronounce, either by unconsidered habit, or by the unexpressed threat of the lesser interdict if they are lax in their hypocrisy.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • …the Pope; and he considering the great goodness of King Arthur, and of Sir Launcelot, that was called the most noblest knights of the world, wherefore the Pope called unto him a noble clerk that at that time was there present; the French book saith, it was the Bishop of Rochester; and the Pope gave him bulls under lead unto King Arthur of England, charging him upon pain of interdicting of all England, that he take his queen Dame Guenever unto him again, and accord with Sir Launcelot.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • What we were supposed to be doing was what they called an interdiction number.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • Mordred attacked; the Bishop of Canterbury dropped down on him with the Interdict.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The man-made super-missile was about to hit the Troy at ninety kilometers per second and, with luck, send it on a course for its eventual home, just outside the three hundred mile no heavy weapons" interdiction circle of the gate and "up" in the plane of ecliptic.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • …head, the felon, the diseas’d, the illiterate person, are not denied; The birth, the hasting after the physician, the beggar’s tramp, the drunkard’s stagger, the laughing party of mechanics, The escaped youth, the rich person’s carriage, the fop, the eloping couple, The early market-man, the hearse, the moving of furniture into the town, the return back from the town, They pass, I also pass, any thing passes, none can be interdicted, None but are accepted, none but shall be dear to me.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • And we were still too far away! I could see them peel off from the first squad, swarm into the boat as the interdiction circle tightened.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • The interdiction field added its sonic undertones to the sudden silence.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • These Alfas and Victors appear to be racing for our coast, almost certainly with the intention of establishing an interdiction force—effectively a blockade of our Atlantic coast.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • We have shown that in Europe the removal of a functionary and his political interdiction are the consequences of the penalty he is to undergo, and that in America they constitute the penalty itself.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • We broke at last into the open and saw the boat standing on its tail, heard the ululation of its take-off warning — saw the platoon still on the ground around it, in interdiction circle, crouching behind the shield they had formed.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Here is a simple view of the subject, that shows us at once the impropriety of a constitutional interdiction of such establishments, and the necessity of leaving the matter to the discretion and prudence of the legislature.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But the weapon with which they are intrusted is an imperfect one, and it can never reach the most dangerous offenders, since men who aim at the entire subversion of the laws are not likely to murmur at a political interdict.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Those were good days, he told himself, dodging bombs from the German Stukas and the more random artillery fire with which the Fascists had tried to interdict his squadron…Like most men he was unable to remember the stark terror of combat.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • It is remarkable, that even in the two States which seem to have meditated an interdiction of military establishments in time of peace, the mode of expression made use of is rather cautionary than prohibitory.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I was solemnly interdicted by her, on her recovery, from touching my brother any more on any pretence whatever; and my poor mother, who, I could see, wished otherwise, meekly confirmed the interdict, by saying: ’No doubt you are right, my dear Jane.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
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