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[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 Unabridged
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  • Surely, then, it should be put to a vote rather than being enacted via bureaucratic diktat.
  • Nowadays the price of gold is set by the market rather than by official diktat.
  • The alternative to euro-zone diktat is being abandoned to the market.
  • They have become the only part of the economy driven mainly by supply and demand, rather than diktat.
  • At no point in history has any language's evolution been sustained by diktat alone.
British Dictionary definitions for diktat


decree or settlement imposed, esp by a ruler or a victorious nation
a dogmatic statement
Word Origin
German: dictation, from Latin dictātum, from dictāre to dictate
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Word Origin and History for diktat

1933, from German Diktat "dictate."

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