Definition of edict :
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.
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instruction (part of speech: noun)
- He advised James to put forth an edict declaring it to be His Majesty's will and pleasure that the customs should continue to be paid. - "The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5)", Thomas Babington Macaulay.
- All the great commercial societies, the East India Company, the African Company, the Turkey Company, the Muscovy Company, the Hudson's Bay Company, the Maryland Merchants, the Jamaica Merchants, the Merchant Adventurers, declared that they most cheerfully complied with the royal edict which required them still to pay custom. - "The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5)", Thomas Babington Macaulay.
- The revocation of the Edict of Nantes, in honor of which you have struck medals, has cost more tears, more blood, more money, and killed the prosperity of France far more than three Saint- Bartholomews. - "Catherine de' Medici", Honore de Balzac.