[ ee-dikt ]
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  1. a decree issued by a sovereign or other authority.

  2. any authoritative proclamation or command.

Origin of edict

First recorded in 1450–1500; from Latin ēdictum, noun use of neuter of ēdictus (past participle of ēdīcere “to give public notice, proclaim”), equivalent to ē- + dictus “said”; see origin at e-1, dictum

Other words for edict

Other words from edict

  • e·dic·tal, adjective
  • e·dic·tal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for edict


/ (ˈiːdɪkt) /

  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

Origin of edict

C15: from Latin ēdictum, from ēdīcere to declare

Derived forms of edict

  • edictal, adjective
  • edictally, adverb

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