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[kuh-mand-muh nt, -mahnd-] /kəˈmænd mənt, -ˈmɑnd-/
a command or mandate.
(sometimes initial capital letter) any of the Ten Commandments.
the act or power of commanding.
Origin of commandment
1200-50; Middle English com(m)and(e)ment < Anglo-French, Old French com(m)andement. See command, -ment Unabridged
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  • We are sure that they received the commandment to go and teach all nations.
  • Either way misunderstands the commandment, and cannot by reason motivate one to obey it.
  • One commandment is that you must always tell the truth.
  • One way or another, the casinos and the gaming commission justify the first commandment of gambling: the house always wins.
  • So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment.
  • The social side of totemism is primarily expressed in a sternly observed commandment and in a tremendous restriction.
  • Vignettes surrounding the text illustrate each commandment.
  • By virtue of this commandment, state law that conflicts with federal law is a nullity.
  • It is not contended, nor could it be, that this commandment was honored here.
  • Its supreme commandment is considered to be thou shalt not disfigure the soul.
British Dictionary definitions for commandment


a divine command, esp one of the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament
(literary) any command
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Word Origin and History for commandment

late 13c., "an order from an authority," from Old French comandement "order, command," from Latin *commandamentum, from *commandare (see command (v.)). Pronounced as four syllables until 17c.

Of þe x commandements ... þe first comondement is þis, O God we ssul honuri [c.1280]

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