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

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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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Of all the beauty commandments, wiping off your makeup before going to bed is one of the most important. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "Golden Barbie Jasmine Sanders Shows Off Her Nighttime Skincare Routine," 8 Jan. 2019 Beyond knowing how to lay them, caring for your edges is almost like a first commandment for black women. Janell Hickman, Allure, "How to Regrow Your Hairline When Your Edges Are Literally Snatched," 8 Aug. 2018 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

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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 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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