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  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.
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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


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