edict

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noun \ˈē-ˌdikt\

Definition of edict

  1. 1 :  a proclamation having the force of law

  2. 2 :  order, command we held firm to Grandmother's edict — M. F. K. Fisher

edictal

play \i-ˈdik-təl\ adjective

Examples of edict in a Sentence

  1. The government issued an edict banning public demonstrations.

  2. the school board's edict put a new student dress code into effect

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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 English Language Learners

edict

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Definition of edict for English Language Learners

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


EDICT Defined for Kids

edict

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noun \ˈē-ˌdikt\

Definition of edict for Students

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



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