edict

noun
\ 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

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An edict issued by King Henry VIII of England in 1517, for example, dictated the maximum number of dishes allowed at a meal: nine for a cardinal, seven for the aristocracy and three for the gentry. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Unenforceable Laws Against Pleasure," 24 Jan. 2019 Last year, Duckworth, who recently gave birth to her second daughter, asked Klobuchar, the ranking Democrat on the Rules committee, for help changing an edict banning babies from the Senate floor. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Personable, Popular, Pragmatic: Is Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar the Democrat’s Secret Weapon?," 15 Jan. 2019 The scare prompted then-CEO Bill Gates to issue a companywide edict, known internally as the Trustworthy Computing Initiative, that changed how Microsoft viewed security. Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft CEO Nadella welcomes scrutiny that has roiled tech industry. Easy for him to say," 9 Oct. 2018 Other Cabinet secretaries have denied that there was any edict about not creating public records. Scott Bauer, The Seattle Times, "Second former Walker official comes out against him," 20 Aug. 2018 When wandering Keukenhof, inspirations abound, and there is the clear edict: Do try this at home. Colleen Barry, chicagotribune.com, "Nature shows off during Dutch tulip season," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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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 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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