diktat

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noun dik·tat \ dik-ˈtät \

Definition of diktat

1 :a harsh settlement unilaterally imposed (as on a defeated nation)

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Examples of diktat in a Sentence

  1. The company president issued a diktat that employees may not wear jeans to work.

  2. a democratic government has to be something wanted by that nation's citizens and not something created by a foreign power's diktat

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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

German, literally, something dictated, from New Latin dictatum, from Latin, neuter of dictatus, past participle of dictare to dictate


DIKTAT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of diktat for English Language Learners

  • : an order that must be followed


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