American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An authoritative order or decree; an edict.
- n. A proclamation of a czar having the force of law in imperial Russia.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An edict or order, legislative or administrative, emanating from the Russian government. Ukases have the force of laws till they are annulled by subsequent decisions. A collection of the ukases issued at different periods, made by order of the emperor Nicholas, and supplemented since year by year, constitutes the legal code of the Russian empire.
- n. Hence Any official proclamation.
- n. An authoritative proclamation; an edict, especially decreed by a Russian czar or (later) emperor.
- n. figuratively Any absolutist order and/or arrogant proclamation
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. In Russia, a published proclamation or imperial order, having the force of law.
- n. an order or edict by someone holding absolute authority.
- n. an edict of the Russian tsar
- From Russian указ (ukáz, "edict, decree"), from Old East Slavic указъ (ukáz, "edict"), from указать (ukazat’, "to show, decree"), from Old Church Slavonic указати (ukazati, "to show, decree"), itself formed from the intensifying prefix у- (u-) (denoting a concrete purpose) + казати (kazati, "to show, order"). Compare Dutch oekaze, German Ukas, etc. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Russian ukaz, decree, from Old Church Slavonic ukazŭ, a showing, proof : u-, at, to + kazati, to point out, show. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Am I to expect tomorrow your ukase that I give up Scotch and soda or your patronage?”
“But no drug maker, ever, has formally and so publicly challenged the ukase of the FDA—an agency that can make or break companies and is known for punishing those who challenge it.”
“U.S. v. Alaska, 422 U.S. 184, 190 (1975) (“in 1821, Tsar Alexander I issued a ukase that purported to exclude all foreign vessels from the waters within 100 miles of the Alaska coast”).”
“At his ukase the population ebbed and flowed over a hundred thousand miles of territory, and cities sprang up or disappeared at his bidding.”
“The unfortunate governor's ukase had precipitated a general debauch for all hands.”
“And, like his olden nights, his ukase went forth that there should be no quarrelling nor fighting, offenders to be dealt with by him personally.”
“Its certainly more artful typography than that of the Economist, which goes in the opposite direction on all these measures as if following the ukase white space bad; more words good.”
“But we rested, too, inside our bedded gulag, a mutual blasphemy that was one great, unobeyed ukase, our traitorous lie as yet unpunished in any Sibirskoye labor camp.”
“Then he issued what Kruckman called a “ukase,” evicting all but essential personnel from the lodge.”
“Alaska, 422 U.S. 184, 190 (1975) (“in 1821, Tsar Alexander I issued a ukase that purported to exclude all foreign vessels from the waters within 100 miles of the Alaska coast”).”
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