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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Edict  \E"dict\,  n.  [L.  edictum,  fr  edicere  edictum,  to 
  declare,  proclaim;  e  out  +  dicere  to  say:  cf  F.  ['e]dit.  See 
  {Diction}.] 
  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;  as  the  edicts  of  the 
  Roman  emperors;  the  edicts  of  the  French  monarch. 
 
  It  stands  as  an  edict  in  destiny.  --Shak. 
 
  {Edict  of  Nantes}  (French  Hist.),  an  edict  issued  by  Henry 
  IV  (A.  D.  1598),  giving  toleration  to  Protestants.  Its 
  revocation  by  Louis  XIV.  (A.  D.  1685)  was  followed  by 
  terrible  persecutions  and  the  expatriation  of  thousands  of 
  French  Protestants. 
 
  Syn:  Decree;  proclamation;  law;  ordinance;  statute;  rule 
  order  manifesti;  command.  See  {Law}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  edict 
  n  :  a  legally  binding  command  or  decision  entered  on  the  court 
  record  (as  if  issued  by  a  court  or  judge);  "a  friend  in 
  New  Mexico  said  that  the  order  caused  no  trouble  out 
  there"  [syn:  {decree},  {fiat},  {order},  {rescript}] 




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