com·​mand·​ment kə-ˈman(d)-mənt How to pronounce commandment (audio)
: the act or power of commanding
: 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 The original text does not number the commandments and contains more than 10 imperative statements. Kenneth Seeskin, Orlando Sentinel, 27 June 2024 And as one social media post noted, at least the kids will now know, after reading the Ten Commandments, the hypocrisy of their state leaders, as well as their parents, who support Trump despite his multiple violations of their sacred commandments. Tom Zirpoli, Baltimore Sun, 25 June 2024 Leibowitz’s positions were shaped by his understanding of Judaism as a religion of praxis, i.e., a normative system of mitzvot, biblical commandments in the Torah observed by practicing Jews, not as a political ideology or a national identity. Moti Mizrahi, JSTOR Daily, 18 Oct. 2023 What to know: The law, signed by Republican Gov. Jeff Landry yesterday, gives schools until Jan. 1 to display the commandments. Jamie Ross, Washington Post, 20 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for commandment 

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of commandment was in the 13th century

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“Commandment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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com·​mand·​ment kə-ˈman(d)-mənt How to pronounce commandment (audio)
: something commanded
especially : one of the biblical Ten Commandments

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