com·mand·ment | \kə-ˈman(d)-mənt \

Definition of commandment 

1 : the act or power of commanding

2 : something that is commanded especially : one of the biblical Ten Commandments

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Examples of commandment in a Sentence

the Ten Commandments in the Bible the boss left behind a list of commandments for running the office while he was away

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On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why All the Justifications for Child Separation Are Bullshit," 20 June 2018 For those who know Sikhs and their commitment and commandment to service, this was not a surprise. Manpreet K. Singh, Houston Chronicle, "A selfless commitment to service is central to being a Sikh," 8 Apr. 2018 One of them said, the sixth commandment is, thou shalt not admit adultery. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Plains, Ga., an evangelical politician like no other," 11 July 2018 Now that’s the first commandment, the second commandment and so on from Silicon Valley. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Business management expert and author Tom Peters on Recode Decode," 7 July 2018 If freedom of personal expression is the COH’s first commandment, then dissolving any societal divides among certain hairstyles comes a close second. Leilani Marie Labong,, "At the Culture of Hair salon, the mission is top of mind — and head," 5 July 2018 But tzedek, and its derivative tzedakah (which is a commandment to give as an act of social justice), mean justice and mercy working in unison. Joseph Holt, Fortune, "I’m a Biblical Scholar. It’s Clear That Jeff Sessions Needs a Bible Lesson," 20 June 2018 And what this worldview unwittingly does is draw attention away from the broader, far more central tenets of the faith: the truly foundational commandments to love one another, to forgive one another, to defend human dignity, to advance the Kingdom. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Pope Francis Isn’t Catholicism’s Trump," 20 Apr. 2018 The rapstress has been abundantly clear that hip-hop influences society -- a commandment any true artist follows. Da'shan Smith, Billboard, "How Cardi B Achieved Stardom as an Old-School Hitmaker for New-School Hip-Hop," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of commandment

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of commandment

: an important rule given by God that tells people how to behave


com·mand·ment | \kə-ˈmand-mənt \

Kids Definition of commandment

1 : something given as a command

2 : one of ten rules given by God that are mentioned in the Bible

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