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Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Definitions for diktat

  1. A harsh settlement unilaterally imposed on a defeated party.
  2. An authoritative decree or order.

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Citations for diktat
Whether with the rapid reaction force or with the Bosnian government, the United States should vigorously support efforts to lift the siege of Sarajevo and help to piece back together a contiguous territory so that the Bosnian government can come to the bargaining table free of a Serbian diktat. , Commonweal
And it would begin to encroach on another, more treasured, freedom: the right of the networks to broadcast what they choose independent of government diktat. , The Economist
Origin of diktat
Diktat comes from German, from Latin dictatum, neuter past participle of dictare, "to dictate." It is related to dictator.