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From ēdīcō (I declare, announce, decree), from ex (out of, from) + dīcō (say, affirm, tell).



ēdictum n (genitive ēdictī); second declension

  1. A proclamation, ordinance, edict, decree or manifesto by a magistrate.
  2. The public announcement of the praetor or other senior magistrate, in which he states, on entering upon his office, the rules by which he will be guided in administering justice; inaugural address.
  3. (by extension) An order, command, edict.


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative ēdictum ēdicta
Genitive ēdictī ēdictōrum
Dative ēdictō ēdictīs
Accusative ēdictum ēdicta
Ablative ēdictō ēdictīs
Vocative ēdictum ēdicta


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  • Catalan: edicte
  • English: edict
  • French: édit
  • German: Edikt
  • Greek: έδικτο (édikto)


  • edictum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • edictum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • edictum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • edictum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to publish, post up an edict: edictum proponere (Att. 2. 21. 4)
  • edictum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • edictum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin