noun, plural dic·ta [dik-tuh] /ˈdɪk tə/, dic·tums.
Origin of dictum
Synonyms for dictum
Examples from the Web for dictum
Contemporary Examples of dictum
Somehow I haven't been able to locate that dictum in the Quran, ahadith or sunan, but it must be there somewhere.Hamas: The Palestinian Fashion Police
April 9, 2013
In politics, the dictum ‘follow the money’ usually leads to uncomfortable truths.Partisan Journalists Are Following the Money All Too Literally
November 14, 2012
Because Sanford is not the only politician to disprove Scott Fitzgerald's dictum.Death of the Sex Scandal
Louise Roug Bokkenheuser
September 29, 2010
And so, rather than walking away from his fans, Costello should take heed of the dictum: “Where words fail, music speaks.”Elvis Costello Snubs Israel
May 20, 2010
Historical Examples of dictum
This was the dictum of those in authority and the underlings were only too eager to fulfil it to the letter.Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons
Henry Charles Mahoney
The big fellow in the firelight stressed inevitability in his dictum.Dust of the Desert
Robert Welles Ritchie
He was sitting in the butlers pantry, sipping his one glass of port, when Sophronia entered and delivered her dictum.Short Sixes
H. C. Bunner
And this dictum gave rise to some rather embarrassing situations on more occasions than one.
If by himself, then there is again the infinitely recurring series according to the dictum.
noun plural -tums or -ta (-tə)
Word Origin for dictum
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.