Simple Definition of edict
: an official order given by a person with power or by a government
Examples of edict in a sentence
The government issued an edict banning public demonstrations.
<the school board's edict put a new student dress code into effect>
Did You Know?
Edicts are few and far between in a democracy, since very few important laws can be made by a president or prime minister acting alone. But when a crisis arose in the Roman Republic, the senate would appoint a dictator, who would have the power to rule by edict. The idea was that the dictator could make decisions quickly, issuing his edicts faster than the senate could act. When the crisis was over, the edicts were canceled and the dictator usually retired from public life. Things are different today: dictators almost always install themselves in power, and they never give it up.
Origin and Etymology of edict
Middle English, from Latin edictum, from neuter of edictus, past participle of edicere to decree, from e- + dicere to say — more at diction
First Known Use: 14th century
EDICT Defined for Kids
Definition of edict for Students
: a command or law given or made by an authority (as a ruler)
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