[ dik-taht ]
/ dɪkˈtɑt /


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.

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

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

    The Racist Redskins|Michael Tomasky|June 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for diktat


/ (ˈdɪktɑːt) /


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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