Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A decree or proclamation issued by an authority and having the force of law.
  • n. A formal pronouncement or command.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a proclamation of law or other authoritative command

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A public command or ordinance by the sovereign power; the proclamation of a law made by an absolute authority, as if by the very act of announcement; a decree

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A decree or law promulgated by a sovereign prince or ruler on his sole authority; hence, any analogous order or command.
  • n. Specifically In Roman law, a decree or ordinance of a pretor.
  • n. In Scotch ecclesiastical use, a church proclamation; specifically, a notice to show cause, if any, why a pastor or elders should not be ordained.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a formal or authoritative proclamation
  • n. a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

Etymologies

Latin ēdictum, from neuter past participle of ēdīcere, to declare : ē-, ex-, ex- + dīcere, to speak; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "HERMIA: If then true lovers have been ever crossed
    It stands as an edict in destiny."
    From Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

    January 12, 2012