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

Origin of diktat

1930–35; < German: literally, something dictated < Latin dictātus, past participle of dictāre to dictate
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Examples from the Web for diktat

Contemporary Examples of diktat

  • Even in 1960 such a diktat might have been, well, “understandable” in a Southern city such as Washington then was.

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British Dictionary definitions for diktat


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

Word Origin for diktat

German: dictation, from Latin dictātum, from dictāre to dictate
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Word Origin and History for diktat

1933, from German Diktat "dictate."

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