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.
- an official public proclamation or order issued by authority; decree
- any command or order
Origin of edictClassical Latin edictum, neuter past participle of edicere, to proclaim from e-, out + dicere, to speak: see diction
- A decree or proclamation issued by an authority and having the force of law.
- A formal pronouncement or command.
Origin of edictLatin ēdictum from neuter past participle of ēdīcere to declare ē-, ex- ex- dīcere to speak ; see deik- in Indo-European roots.