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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.

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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  • 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
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “edictum”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • edictum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], 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