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[kuh-mand-muh nt, -mahnd-]
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  1. a command or mandate.
  2. (sometimes initial capital letter) any of the Ten Commandments.
  3. the act or power of commanding.
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Origin of commandment

1200–50; Middle English com(m)and(e)ment < Anglo-French, Old French com(m)andement. See command, -ment
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Related Words for commandment

precept, edict, order, rule, mitzvah

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British Dictionary definitions for commandment


  1. a divine command, esp one of the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament
  2. literary any command
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Word Origin and History for commandment


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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