edict

noun
\ ˈē-ˌdikt \

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 \ 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

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By 1600, it had been banned by Edward II, Edward III, Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VII, Henry VIII, James I of Scotland, James IV of Scotland, and Elizabeth I. Yet these edicts had little effect on the game’s appeal or on its unruliness. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, "How We Watch Soccer Now," 5 Dec. 2016 In 1612, a famous anti-Christian edict was passed and a few years later Christianity was banned outright. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope says he hopes to visit Japan next year, fulfilling wish," 12 Sep. 2018 Erdogan can now issue edicts with the force of law and pack the courts with loyal judges. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Why Turkish President Erdogan Is Not as All-Powerful as He Seems," 28 June 2018 Khalil lives freely on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, currently promoting a fatwa, or religious edict, banning militant violence in Pakistan. Kathy Gannon, The Seattle Times, "Death of Afghan group’s founder unlikely to weaken militants," 4 Sep. 2018 Most responded to a fatwa, or religious edict, from Iraq’s most influential cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, and joined an array of militias, some of them backed by Iran. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "After Defeating Islamic State, Iraq’s Shiites Turn Ire Toward Government," 12 Mar. 2018 The Supreme Court has no way to actually enforce its edicts. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Supreme Court’s legitimacy crisis is here," 6 Oct. 2018 The Supreme Council of the National Economy, located in Moscow, set dictums and edicts, determined priorities and values. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 2018 While there were no legal restrictions on opium in the U.S. at the time, the drug had been banned in China by imperial edict in the late 18th century on account of its disastrous social consequences. Randall Fuller, WSJ, "‘Barons of the Sea’ Review: Rigging the Market," 19 July 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of edict

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

edict

noun
\ ˈē-ˌdikt \

Kids Definition of edict

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

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