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ukase

[yoo-keys, -keyz, yoo-keys, -keyz] /yuˈkeɪs, -ˈkeɪz, ˈyu keɪs, -keɪz/
noun
1.
(in czarist Russia) an edict or order of the czar having the force of law.
2.
any order or proclamation by an absolute or arbitrary authority.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < French < Russian ukáz, Old Russian ukazŭ, noun derivative of ukazati to show, indicate, assign, command, equivalent to u- prefix + kazati to show, order
Synonyms
2. edict, directive, ruling, decree, fiat.
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British Dictionary definitions for ukase

ukase

/juːˈkeɪz/
noun
1.
(in imperial Russia) an edict of the tsar
2.
a rare word for edict
Word Origin
C18: from Russian ukaz, from ukazat to command
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Word Origin and History for ukase
n.

1729, "decree issued by a Russian emperor," from Russian ukaz "edict," from ukazat' "to show, decree," from Old Church Slavonic ukazati, from u-, intensive prefix, + kazati "to show, order," which is related to the first element of Casimir.

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