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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
It’s hard to imagine a more highhanded elite dismissal of public opinion than Mr. Mattarella’s diktat.
But her death also released him, psychically, from the vanished world of the fin-de-siècle black élite, with its asphyxiating diktats.
The hammer is that the commission can hold up a license renewal if these diktats aren’t followed, complete with extensive reporting requirements.
Orbán responded by spreading fears of an influx of terrorists and criminals, of a poisoning of Hungarian culture, and expressing visceral nationalist hostility to the diktats of the European Union.
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.
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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.
DIKTAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of diktat for English Language Learners
: an order that must be followed
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