Edict of Nantes
Edict E"dict, n. [L. edictum, fr. edicere, edictum, to declare, proclaim; e out + dicere to say: cf. F. ['e]dit. See {Diction}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

It stands as an edict in destiny. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Edict of Nantes} (French Hist.), an edict issued by Henry IV. (A. D. 1598), giving toleration to Protestants. Its revocation by Louis XIV. (A. D. 1685) was followed by terrible persecutions and the expatriation of thousands of French Protestants.

Syn: Decree; proclamation; law; ordinance; statute; rule; order; manifesti; command. See {Law}. [1913 Webster]


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