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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
In Chechnya, Moscow has empowered strongman Ramzan Kadyrov to carry out a conservative agenda by diktat.
Washington had gotten used to issuing diktats to South Korea - and will have to relearn old habits, Paal said.
Even though Trump controls two branches of the federal government, the third branch—the judiciary—will not bow to his diktat.
Then an environmental diktat from Brussels threatened to outlaw half of his company’s energy-efficient water heaters, even in his home country of Norway.
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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
First Known Use: 1933See Words from the same year
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: an order that must be followed
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