noun \ˈē-ˌdikt\

: an official order given by a person with power or by a government

Full Definition of EDICT

:  a proclamation having the force of law
:  order, command <we held firm to Grandmother's edict — M. F. K. Fisher>
edic·tal \i-ˈdik-təl\ adjective

Examples of EDICT

  1. The government issued an edict banning public demonstrations.
  2. <the school board's edict put a new student dress code into effect>

Origin 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

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EDICT Defined for Kids


noun \ˈē-ˌdikt\

Definition of EDICT for Kids

:  a command or law given or made by an authority (as a ruler)


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