Definition of diktat in English:



  • An order or decree imposed by someone in power without popular consent.

    ‘a diktat from the Bundestag’
    mass noun ‘he can disband the legislature and rule by diktat’
    • ‘Workers were not prepared to accept such diktats and spontaneously walked out.’
    • ‘They, like every other group of workers, describe the pressure of long hours, stress at work and diktats from management.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our community has braved bullets and diktats of militants to participate in the democratic process with the hope that legislators will highlight our problems and try to solve them.’
    • ‘They would set their own fees, would no longer accept any government funding - and thus be free to ignore government diktats over entrance policy - and would declare full independence.’
    • ‘The arm's length principle, which ensures that funding is allocated, not at the diktat of government, but on the advice of experts, would thereby be sacrificed.’
    • ‘Under the economic despotism that prevails in American business, they are subject to the diktat of their bosses.’
    • ‘The Anglo-Irish diktat, as they called it, proved them wrong.’
    • ‘The reason behind the Government diktat was a perceived conflict of interest in an institute preparing elite athletes and researching performance-enhancing drugs at the same time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is unlikely that the great bulk of the Australian public will be receptive to diktats derived from either politician's belief structure.’
    • ‘Demands for national sovereignty or regional autonomy provide no alternative to the diktats from Brussels, but would only mean substituting numerous small cages for one central prison.’
    • ‘These include civic education and class discussion hours meant to solve the problem of disaffection and violence, aimed at impressing the public and confusing education staff with a flurry of charters and diktats.’
    • ‘Simultaneously, following the diktats of global capitalism, the Chinese government is decentralising control of the arts industry, cutting subsidies to institutions, artists and performers.’
    • ‘This amounted in effect to a diktat by finance capital that new measures had to be adopted to increase the extraction of surplus value from the working class.’
    • ‘Rather, it seemed intent on issuing diktats to which they were expected to conform.’
    • ‘I don't want to find that I am following government diktats the whole time.’
    • ‘And the diktats from top managers cut against the promise of climbing up the career structure - always been held out as a big difference between white collar and manual workers.’
    • ‘In the 1950s, judges resisted apartheid's diktats.’
    • ‘They had bent to accept the rules and diktats set down by the powers-that-be.’
    law, regulation, enactment, act, bill, decree, edict, rule, ruling, resolution, promulgation, measure, motion, dictum, command, order, stipulation, commandment, directive, pronouncement, ratification, proclamation, dictate, fiat, covenant, demand, by-law
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1930s: from German, from Latin dictatum ‘something dictated’, neuter past participle of dictare.