\ ˈē-ˌdikt How to pronounce edict (audio) \

Definition of edict

1 : a proclamation having the force of law
2 : order, command we held firm to Grandmother's edict— M. F. K. Fisher

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Other Words from edict

edictal \ i-​ˈdik-​tᵊl How to pronounce edictal (audio) \ adjective

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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.

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
Recent Examples on the Web The edict came two days after an unidentified 49ers player tested positive for Covid-19 after working out with teammates in Nashville, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and others. cleveland, "NFLPA advises Browns, other NFL players not to work out together this offseason amid Covid-19 concerns," 20 June 2020 At least, Abbott didn’t oppose the new edict by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "San Antonio leader circumvents Texas ban on fines for not wearing masks -- with Gov. Abbott’s blessing," 17 June 2020 Among the beneficiaries of Caracalla’s edict was a foreign soldier of mixed heritage named Maximinus Thrax, who became an imperial soldier and in 235 was proclaimed emperor. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, "The Man Who Sacked Rome," 9 June 2020 San Francisco sent the company a warning letter for appearing to violate the city’s shelter-in-place edict, the short-term rental code, and planning law. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "The Pandemic Is Transforming the Rental Economy," 8 June 2020 President Donald Trump’s order targeting social media companies was challenged in court by a non-profit group that claims the edict violates free-speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment. Bob Van Voris, Fortune, "Trump sued over executive order targeting social media companies," 2 June 2020 Reich did not issue any sort of edict to the Colts. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts coach Frank Reich: 'Our black community has bore the brunt of this injustice for far too long.'," 1 June 2020 Now, violent crime rates have been falling for years, coronavirus stay-at-home edicts have reduced them further, state funding has dried up and the juvenile custody population is down to 750. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Newsom proposes closing youth prisons as crime drops and coronavirus drains budget," 24 May 2020 While the cancellation of school since mid-March and the stay-at-home edict has uprooted Zapien’s routine and his routine with the football program, one aspect of his life has been enriched through all this. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Family, food and Facebook alleviate Zapien’s football concerns these days," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of edict

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for edict

Middle English, from Latin edictum, from neuter of edictus, past participle of edicere to decree, from e- + dicere to say — more at diction

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“Edict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edict. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of edict

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


\ ˈē-ˌdikt How to pronounce edict (audio) \

Kids Definition of edict

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

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