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  1. a decree issued by a sovereign or other authority.
  2. any authoritative proclamation or command.
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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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Related Words for edict

statute, decree, directive, commandment, proclamation, injunction, precept, regulation, ruling, mandate, judgment, fiat, dictum, ordinance, enactment, prescript, canon, rule, instrument, manifesto

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British Dictionary definitions for edict


  1. a decree, order, or ordinance issued by a sovereign, state, or any other holder of authority
  2. any formal or authoritative command, proclamation, etc
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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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