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 for Edict of Nantes
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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           It stands as an edict in destiny.        --Shak.
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     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.
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