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diktat

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noun dik·tat \dik-ˈtät\

Simple Definition of diktat

  • : an order that must be followed

Full Definition of diktat

  1. 1 :  a harsh settlement unilaterally imposed (as on a defeated nation)

  2. 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


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