Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A harsh, unilaterally imposed settlement with a defeated party.
  • noun An authoritative or dogmatic statement or decree.

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  • noun a harsh penalty or settlement imposed upon a defeated party by the victor
  • noun a dogmatic decree

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[German, from Latin dictātum, from neuter past participle of dictāre, to dictate; see dictate.]

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From German Diktat, from Latin dictātum, supine of dictō ("dictate")

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