[ ee-dikt ]
/ ˈi dɪkt /


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

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 forms

e·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 Forms

edictal, adjectiveedictally, adverb

Word Origin for edict

C15: from Latin ēdictum, from ēdīcere to declare
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