Definition of edict in US English:

edict

noun

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although government clerics often issue edicts against terror, the bulk of the government's effort has been security-related.’
    • ‘Issuing edicts founded on the false premise that whatever the bishop declares to be a mortal sin is a mortal sin is not teaching.’
    • ‘It is easy to issue laws and edicts, particularly when there is no need to gain the consent of elected or appointed representatives.’
    • ‘An imperial edict against infanticide was issued by Valentinian in 374- making an exception for the very poor.’
    • ‘You can issue an edict to cut taxes, which really helps boost your population's happiness.’
    • ‘Sure, my son can ask for a reason after I issue one of my edicts.’
    • ‘And would the pope issue edicts blaming the United States for bringing the whole tragedy upon itself?’
    • ‘Clerics issued religious edicts against the British when they invaded Iraq during the First World War.’
    • ‘Each time the religious institution issues custom-made edicts for political purposes, it loses credibility.’
    • ‘That apparently was too much for the Taliban government, which then issued its edict.’
    • ‘On 12 February 1912 an edict of abdication was issued on behalf of the child Emperor.’
    • ‘Word of this soon reached the British top brass, who sent down an official edict ordering that the practice cease immediately.’
    • ‘However, much more paradoxical edicts were issued under the totalitarian regime.’
    • ‘Another step forward was the progressive declarations of invalidity extended to certain laws, decrees, and edicts issued in Stalin's time.’
    • ‘The word bull is still used in English for a Papal Bull, an edict issued by the Pope.’
    • ‘The bureaucracy in Beijing issues edicts on mine safety but does not provide the necessary funds.’
    • ‘An edict was issued to this effect and by 1636, France had a navy of nearly 40 ships.’
    • ‘He issued an edict that there will be no flight training at any of the Chicago-owned airports.’
    • ‘Finally he issued an edict, prohibiting the smoking of tobacco throughout the New Netherlands.’
    decree, order, command, commandment, mandate, proclamation, pronouncement, dictum, dictate, fiat, promulgation, precept
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Origin

Middle English: from Latin edictum ‘something proclaimed’, neuter past participle of edicere, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + dicere ‘say, tell’.

Pronunciation

edict

/ˈēdikt//ˈidɪkt/