diktat was our Word of the Day on 05/30/2014. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Examples of diktat in a Sentence
The company president issued a diktat that employees may not wear jeans to work.
a democratic government has to be something wanted by that nation's citizens and not something created by a foreign power's diktat
Recent Examples of diktat from the Web
Of the 10 American businesses that declare more than $5 billion of sales in the country, three — Apple Inc., Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co. — are dependent on consumer spending, so probably somewhat immune to government diktats.
The diktats of social realism do not allow for the supernatural on stage.
Mr Zhou also steered China towards a system in which banks set interest rates themselves, rather than merely follow government diktats.
The federal diktats begin before shovels even hit the ground: which studies must be completed, where the materials and contractors can permissibly be sourced, etc.
And the courts should strike down the order as an unlawful effort to discriminate against Muslims by executive diktat.
Legally, Adobe’s grammatical diktats are not worth a photoshopped image of its CEO riding a unicorn.
His fighting back against this diktat helps make the character more than just a passive interrogator.
The first is the nature of top-down diktats about supply, which lack flexibility and therefore tend to generate volatile outcomes.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'diktat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
In diktat you might recognize the English word dictate. Both words derive from Latin dictare ("to assert" or "to dictate"), a form of dicere ("to say"). Diktat passed through German where it meant "something dictated." Dictate can mean both "to speak words aloud to be transcribed" and "to issue a command or injunction," the sense of the word that gave us dictator. Germans, beginning with Prince Wilhelm, used diktat in a negative way to refer to the Treaty of Versailles, the document ending World War I. Today diktat can be used as a critical term for even minor regulations felt to be unfair or authoritarian.
Origin and Etymology of diktat
First Known Use: 1933See Words from the same year
DIKTAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of diktat for English Language Learners
: an order that must be followed
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up diktat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).