AskDefine | Define edict

Dictionary Definition



1 a formal or authoritative proclamation
2 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]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /iːdɪkt/


  1. a proclamation of law or other authoritative command


  • Czech: výnos
  • Finnish: julistus, edikti
  • French: édit
  • German: Edikt
  • Kurdish:
  • Russian: указ


Extensive Definition

An edict is an announcement of a law, often associated with monarchism. The Pope and various micronational leaders are currently the only persons who still issue edicts.

Notable edicts

  • Edict of Paris (614), by Clotaire II of Neustria. It tried to establish order by standardising the appointment process for public officials across the realm. It guaranteed the nobility their ancient rights, and in this respect has been seen as a French Magna Carta.
  • A French edict by Finance Minister Colbert (17th century) was intended to improve the quality of cloth. This law declared that if a merchant's cloth was not found to be satisfactory, on three separate occasions; then, he was to be tied to a post, with the cloth attached to him.

See also

edict in Bosnian: Edikt
edict in Czech: Edikt
edict in German: Edikt
edict in Spanish: Edicto
edict in French: Édit
edict in Luxembourgish: Edikt
edict in Japanese: 詔
edict in Norwegian: Edikt
edict in Russian: Эдикт
edict in Finnish: Edikti
edict in Swedish: Edikt
edict in Chinese: 诏书

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