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commandment

[kuh-mand-muh nt, -mahnd-] /kəˈmænd mənt, -ˈmɑnd-/
noun
1.
a command or mandate.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) any of the Ten Commandments.
3.
the act or power of commanding.
Origin of commandment
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English com(m)and(e)ment < Anglo-French, Old French com(m)andement. See command, -ment
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commandment

/kəˈmɑːndmənt/
noun
1.
a divine command, esp one of the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament
2.
(literary) any command
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n.

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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