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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
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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Examples for commandments
  • My take on this is that it means all the commandments.
  • Other cultures controlled behavior by citing divine commandments.
  • Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
British Dictionary definitions for commandments

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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Word Origin and History for commandments
commandment
mid-13c., "an order from an authority," from O.Fr. comandement, from L. *commandamentum, from *commandare (see command). Pronounced as four syllables until 17c.
"Of þe x commandements ... þe first comondement is þis, O God we ssul honuri" (c.1280).
commandments
short for The Ten Commandments, attested from c.1280. In O.E. they were ða bebodu.
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