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.

1930–35; < German: literally, something dictated < Latin dictātus, past participle of dictāre to dictate

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diktat (ˈdɪktɑːt)
1.  decree or settlement imposed, esp by a ruler or a victorious nation
2.  a dogmatic statement
[German: dictation, from Latin dictātum, from dictāre to dictate]

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1933, from Ger. Diktat "dictate."
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Example sentences
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.
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