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diktat

[ dik-taht ]
/ dɪkˈtɑt /
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noun

a harsh, punitive settlement or decree imposed unilaterally on a defeated nation, political party, etc.
any decree or authoritative statement: The Board of Education issued a diktat that all employees must report an hour earlier.

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Origin of diktat

1930–35; <German: literally, something dictated <Latin dictātus, past participle of dictāre to dictate
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British Dictionary definitions for diktat

diktat
/ (ˈdɪktɑːt) /

noun

decree or settlement imposed, esp by a ruler or a victorious nation
a dogmatic statement

Word Origin for diktat

German: dictation, from Latin dictātum, from dictāre to dictate
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