diktat


dik·tat

noun \dik-ˈtät\

: an order that must be followed

Full Definition of DIKTAT

1
:  a harsh settlement unilaterally imposed (as on a defeated nation)
2
:  decree, order

Examples of DIKTAT

  1. The company president issued a diktat that employees may not wear jeans to work.
  2. <a democratic government has to be something wanted by that nation's citizens and not something created by a foreign power's diktat>

Origin of DIKTAT

German, literally, something dictated, from New Latin dictatum, from Latin, neuter of dictatus, past participle of dictare to dictate
First Known Use: 1933

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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