Definition of edict in English:



  • An official order or proclamation issued by a person in authority.

    ‘Clovis issued an edict protecting Church property’
    • ‘That apparently was too much for the Taliban government, which then issued its edict.’
    • ‘Although government clerics often issue edicts against terror, the bulk of the government's effort has been security-related.’
    • ‘And would the pope issue edicts blaming the United States for bringing the whole tragedy upon itself?’
    • ‘You can issue an edict to cut taxes, which really helps boost your population's happiness.’
    • ‘Each time the religious institution issues custom-made edicts for political purposes, it loses credibility.’
    • ‘It is easy to issue laws and edicts, particularly when there is no need to gain the consent of elected or appointed representatives.’
    • ‘Word of this soon reached the British top brass, who sent down an official edict ordering that the practice cease immediately.’
    • ‘The word bull is still used in English for a Papal Bull, an edict issued by the Pope.’
    • ‘Clerics issued religious edicts against the British when they invaded Iraq during the First World War.’
    • ‘He issued an edict that there will be no flight training at any of the Chicago-owned airports.’
    • ‘An imperial edict against infanticide was issued by Valentinian in 374- making an exception for the very poor.’
    • ‘Another step forward was the progressive declarations of invalidity extended to certain laws, decrees, and edicts issued in Stalin's time.’
    • ‘Finally he issued an edict, prohibiting the smoking of tobacco throughout the New Netherlands.’
    • ‘However, much more paradoxical edicts were issued under the totalitarian regime.’
    • ‘The bureaucracy in Beijing issues edicts on mine safety but does not provide the necessary funds.’
    • ‘On 12 February 1912 an edict of abdication was issued on behalf of the child Emperor.’
    • ‘Issuing edicts founded on the false premise that whatever the bishop declares to be a mortal sin is a mortal sin is not teaching.’
    • ‘Apart from royal edicts on certain general issues, the king's domains were subject to no law and no administrative practice common to them all without exception.’
    • ‘Sure, my son can ask for a reason after I issue one of my edicts.’
    • ‘An edict was issued to this effect and by 1636, France had a navy of nearly 40 ships.’
    decree, order, command, commandment, mandate, proclamation, pronouncement, dictum, dictate, fiat, promulgation, precept
    law, statute, act, enactment, bill, ordinance, regulation, rule, ruling, injunction, manifesto
    firman, decretal, irade, rescript
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Middle English: from Latin edictum something proclaimed, neuter past participle of edicere, from e- (variant of ex-) out + dicere say, tell.