- The definition of an edict is an order, declaration or command by someone in a position of power or authority.
An example of an edict is an order issued by a king.
edict definition by Webster's New World
- an official public proclamation or order issued by authority; decree
- any command or order
Origin: Classical Latin edictum, neuter past participle of edicere, to proclaim ; from e-, out plush dicere, to speak: see diction
- edictal adjective
edict definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A decree or proclamation issued by an authority and having the force of law.
- A formal pronouncement or command.
Origin: Latin ēdictum, from neuter past participle of ēdīcere, to declare : ē-, ex-, ex- + dīcere, to speak; see deik- in Indo-European roots.