a plural of dictum.



noun, plural dic·ta [dik-tuh] /ˈdɪk tə/, dic·tums.

an authoritative pronouncement; judicial assertion.
a saying; maxim.

Origin of dictum

1660–70; < Latin: something said, a saying, command, word, noun use of neuter past participle of dīcere to say, speak; cf. index

Synonyms for dictum

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Examples from the Web for dicta

Contemporary Examples of dicta

Historical Examples of dicta

  • These dicta are all tried and true, but they have the failings common to platitudes.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • The two dicta are in direct opposition, yet both may be accepted.

    Proverb Lore

    F. Edward Hulme

  • He was not accustomed to hear his dicta even so slightly questioned by a lad.

  • With this apology I come to some among the dicta current in my time.

  • Laurie then was not in the most favorable of moods to receive the dicta of the Vicar.

    The Necromancers

    Robert Hugh Benson

British Dictionary definitions for dicta



a plural of dictum


noun plural -tums or -ta (-tə)

a formal or authoritative statement or assertion; pronouncement
a popular saying or maxim

Word Origin for dictum

C16: from Latin, from dīcere to say
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Word Origin and History for dicta



1660s, from Latin dictum "thing said (a saying, bon-mot, prophecy, etc.), an order, command," neuter of dictus, past participle of dicere "say" (see diction). In legal use, a judge's expression of opinion which is not the formal resolution of a case.

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