com·​mand·​ment | \ kə-ˈman(d)-mənt How to pronounce commandment (audio) \

Definition of commandment

1 : the act or power of commanding
2 : something that is commanded especially : one of the biblical Ten Commandments

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
Recent Examples on the Web There is an emphasis on humility, and a commandment to sacrifice for the sake of the neediest. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 8 Aug. 2022 The Zohar asserts that we were told to count by the lunar calendar as the first commandment because doing so will increase our resilience in the darkness of night (Exodus 12:2). Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 3 Jan. 2022 The ceremony opened with Rev. Katie Sexton-Wood, executive director of the Arizona Faith Network, who led a prayer lamenting the mass shooting and those who value the second amendment over the first commandment. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 25 May 2022 Elon Musk applied his own spin to this commandment by recently releasing knowledge his team had developed. Michael Ashley, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 Adam Smith and David Ricardo proved that expanding trade is always a good idea, the story goes, and so policy-makers need only to follow that commandment. Oren Cass, National Review, 16 Mar. 2022 Growing up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kerby fixated on living every commandment, avoiding a hint of anything that could be termed a sin. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Mar. 2022 To hold otherwise — to claim the West should stop short of joining the fight, when that might be the only thing compatible with fulfilling the commandment — sounds appalling. Damon Linker, The Week, 3 Mar. 2022 The existentialist philosopher argued that the commandment offers a far more radical proposition, one that requires us to surrender our commitment to justice, fairness, and private property. Meghan O'gieblyn, Wired, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of commandment

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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com·​mand·​ment | \ kə-ˈmand-mənt How to pronounce commandment (audio) \

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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