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Topic: LAW

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: edictum, from the past participle of edicere 'to give out an official statement'

edict

noun
     
e‧dict [countable] formal
1SCL an official public order made by someone in a position of power [= decree]:
The emperor issued an edict forbidding anyone to leave the city.
2 any order - used humorously
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