[ ee-dikt ]
/ ˈi dɪkt /


a decree issued by a sovereign or other authority.
any authoritative proclamation or command.

Nearby words

  1. edi,
  2. ediacaran,
  3. edible,
  4. edible canna,
  5. edibles,
  6. edict of nantes,
  7. edicule,
  8. edie,
  9. edification,
  10. edificatory

Origin of edict

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin ēdictum, noun use of neuter of ēdictus (past participle of ēdīcere to say out), equivalent to ē- e-1 + dictus said; see dictum

Related formse·dic·tal, adjectivee·dic·tal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for edict


/ (ˈiːdɪkt) /


a decree, order, or ordinance issued by a sovereign, state, or any other holder of authority
any formal or authoritative command, proclamation, etc
Derived Formsedictal, adjectiveedictally, adverb

Word Origin for edict

C15: from Latin ēdictum, from ēdīcere to declare

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Word Origin and History for edict



late 15c., edycte; earlier edit, late 13c., "proclamation having the force of law," from Old French edit, from Latin edictum "proclamation, ordinance, edict," neuter past participle of edicere "publish, proclaim," from e- "out" (see ex-) + dicere "to say" (see diction).

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