edict

If your mom orders you to clean your room, that's an order. If the king asks you to do it, that's an edict — an official order from some higher up.

Edict comes from the Latin editcum, meaning a "proclamation, or ordinance." Although it was originally used to describe a declaration or command from a king or other governing official, in more recent years it has come to be used almost sarcastically to describe any order. When your teacher says the report is due Monday morning, no exceptions, you know you'll be hitting the books this weekend — this is an edict you cannot ignore.

Definitions of edict
  1. noun
    a formal or authoritative proclamation
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    announcement, annunciation, declaration, proclamation
    a formal public statement
  2. noun
    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
    synonyms: decree, fiat, order, rescript
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    consent decree
    an agreement between two parties that is sanctioned by the court; for example, a company might agree to stop certain questionable practices without admitting guilt
    curfew
    an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited
    decree nisi
    a decree issued on a first petition for divorce; becomes absolute at some later date
    imperial decree
    a decree issued by a sovereign ruler
    judicial separation, legal separation
    a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart
    programma
    an edict that has been publicly posted
    ban, prohibition, proscription
    a decree that prohibits something
    stay
    a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted
    bull, papal bull
    a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
    ukase
    an edict of the Russian tsar
    pragmatic, pragmatic sanction
    an imperial decree that becomes part of the fundamental law of the land
    stay of execution
    an order whereby a judgment is precluded from being executed for a specific period of time
    banning-order
    an order that bans something
    cease and desist order, enjoining, enjoinment, injunction
    (law) a judicial remedy issued in order to prohibit a party from doing or continuing to do a certain activity
    interdict, interdiction
    a court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity
    type of:
    act, enactment
    a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
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