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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.
    Synonyms: iussus, ēdictiō, praeceptum, nūntius, scītum, dēcrētum, dēcrētiō, mandātum, imperium
  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

Derived terms[edit]



  1. inflection of edictus:
    1. nominative/vocative/accusative neuter singular
    2. accusative masculine singular

Related terms[edit]


  • 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 with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 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