What does the word interdict mean?

Usage examples for interdict

  1. The next morning not a soul was to be seen in the streets; the shops were shut- the churches closed; the city was as under an interdict. – Rienzi by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  2. But be the motive for the interdiction what it may, the British Government have manifested no disposition, either by negotiation or by corresponding legislative enactments, to recede from it, and we have been given distinctly to understand that neither of the bills which were under the consideration of Congress at their last session would have been deemed sufficient in their concessions to have been rewarded by any relaxation from the British interdict. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various