[kuh-mand-muh nt, -mahnd-]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for commandments

precept, edict, order, rule, mitzvah

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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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