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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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Contemporary Examples of edict

  • The edict says “any persons that can express any legal impediment can denounce” the nuptials.

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    Wedding Bells for Joran van der Sloot

    Andrea Zarate, Barbie Latza Nadeau

    June 13, 2014

  • For many Walmart employees, working through the holiday season is both an economic necessity and an edict from management.

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    Walmart’s Black Thanksgiving Woes

    Daniel Gross, Nico Hines

    November 29, 2013

  • Democrats kept their word; everyone accepted the edict to vow fealty to Specter as their nominee.

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    Why Specter Went Down

    Margaret Carlson

    May 19, 2010

  • Obama has issued this edict: The government of, by, and for the people is in charge here, not big business.

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    Screw You, GM

    Michael Moore

    April 1, 2009

  • Three years later, two leaders of the organization, Ayman Al-Zawahiri and Osama Bin Laden, followed their own edict.

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    Does Israel Make Us Safer?

    Thaddeus Russell

    July 4, 2010

Historical Examples of edict

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
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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