ukase

noun \ yü-ˈkās , -ˈkāz , ˈyü-ˌkās , -ˌkāz ; ü-ˈkäz \

Definition of ukase

1 : a proclamation by a Russian emperor or government having the force of law
2 : edict

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Examples of ukase in a Sentence

  1. she brazenly ignored the company's ukase about entering by the back door

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ukase Has Russian Roots

English speakers adopted ukase more or less simultaneously from French (ukase) and Russian (ukaz) in the early 18th century. The word can be traced further back to the Russian verb ukazat', meaning "to show" or "to order," and its ultimate source is an ancient root that led to similar words in Latin, Sanskrit, and Old Church Slavic. A Russian ukase was a command from the highest levels of government that could not be disobeyed. But by the early 19th century, English speakers were also using ukase generally for any command that seemed to come from a higher authority, particularly one that was final or arbitrary.

Origin and Etymology of ukase

French & Russian; French, from Russian ukaz, from ukazat' to show, order; akin to Old Church Slavonic u- away, Latin au-, Sanskrit ava- and to Old Church Slavonic kazati to show



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