What does the word decree mean?

Usage examples for decree

  1. To oppose laws to cases of such a description would be like reading a decree of council to a man in a frenzy. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  2. " Then I ask, is this the decree of the Council of Pharaoh and of the people of Egypt? – Moon of Israel by H. Rider Haggard
  3. God may not decree this, but He may perhaps allow it if the will of the nations and the princes should not be strong enough to set bounds to such mischief. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach