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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How to use diktat in a sentence
A “governance council” sits above them, whose members issue diktats and establish operating procedures — while not actually working in the trenches.Startups must curb bureaucracy to ensure agile data governance | Annie Siebert | April 1, 2021 | TechCrunch
Even in 1960 such a diktat might have been, well, “understandable” in a Southern city such as Washington then was.
But now Fergie appears ready to defy the implicit diktat of the House of Windsor to stay away.The Curse of Fergie: Sarah Ferguson Is Back, at the London Olympics | Tom Sykes | August 9, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Opponents were transformed, by cultural diktat, into “wing-nuts.”
British Dictionary definitions for diktat
decree or settlement imposed, esp by a ruler or a victorious nation
a dogmatic statement
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