Definition of diktat in English:


Syllabification: dik·tat
Pronunciation: /dikˈtät


  • An order or decree imposed by someone in power without popular consent: a diktat from the Bundestag he can disband the legislature and rule by diktat
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    • They plunder the natural resources, particularly oil, in order to compel their allies to submit to their diktat and to a collective imperialism operating to the exclusive benefit of the trans-national corporations.
    • Workers were not prepared to accept such diktats and spontaneously walked out.
    • In fact there has been a series of diktats from government which, in the case of local government, would have been rammed through regardless on 1 April if it had not been for the threat of a strike by over one million workers.


1930s: from German, from Latin dictatum 'something dictated', neuter past participle of dictare.

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