What does the word edict mean?

Usage examples for edict

  1. Mrs. Clavering, as she said this, looked at her daughter, and saw at once that this edict on her part did not settle the difficulty. – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  2. Whether on account of this unlucky reference by which the Cardinal may have detected Templar influence or for some other reason, the appeal for royal protection was not only refused, but the new Order, which hitherto Catholics had been allowed to enter, was now prohibited by Royal edict. – Secret Societies And Subversive Movements by Nesta H. Webster
  3. The edict was obeyed, but it was a blow from which Spain never recovered. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White