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[kuh-mand-muh nt, -mahnd-] /kəˈmænd mənt, -ˈmɑnd-/
a command or mandate.
(sometimes initial capital letter) any of the Ten Commandments.
the act or power of commanding.
Origin of commandment
1200-50; Middle English com(m)and(e)ment < Anglo-French, Old French com(m)andement. See command, -ment Unabridged
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  • This is one of the commandments which is most deeply stamped in the heart of man.

  • And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • He will make them to hear the words of life, and he will execute the commandments which he has received from God and from us.

    Freaks of Fanaticism Sabine Baring-Gould
  • There are ten commandments which Buddha imposes on his disciples.

  • You may have fallen into some oversights, or mistakes; but this breaking of the commandments is rather serious sort of work.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for commandments


a divine command, esp one of the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament
(literary) any command
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Word Origin and History for commandments

short for The Ten Commandments, attested from late 13c. In Old English they were ða bebodu.



late 13c., "an order from an authority," from Old French comandement "order, command," from Latin *commandamentum, from *commandare (see command (v.)). Pronounced as four syllables until 17c.

Of þe x commandements ... þe first comondement is þis, O God we ssul honuri [c.1280]

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