Interdicted of fire and water

INTERDICTED OF FIRE AND WATER. Formerly those persons who were banished for some crime, were interdicted of fire and water; that is, by the judgment order was given that no man should receive them into his house, but should deny them fire and water, the two necessary elements of life.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.