ukase

ukase

[yoo-keys, -keyz, yoo-keys, -keyz]
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:
1720–30; < French < Russian ukáz, Old Russian ukazŭ, noun derivative of ukazati to show, indicate, assign, command, equivalent to u- prefix + kazati to show, order


2. edict, directive, ruling, decree, fiat.
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ukase (juːˈkeɪz)
 
n
1.  (in imperial Russia) an edict of the tsar
2.  a rare word for edict
 
[C18: from Russian ukaz, from ukazat to command]

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ukase
1729, "decree issued by a Russian emperor," from Rus. ukaz "edict," from ukazat' "to show, decree," from O.C.S. ukazati, from u-, intens. prefix, + kazati "to show, order," which is related to the first element of Casimir.
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