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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is unlikely that the great bulk of the Australian public will be receptive to diktats derived from either politician's belief structure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Under the economic despotism that prevails in American business, they are subject to the diktat of their bosses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘I don't want to find that I am following government diktats the whole time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Workers were not prepared to accept such diktats and spontaneously walked out.’
    • ‘The Anglo-Irish diktat, as they called it, proved them wrong.’
    • ‘Simultaneously, following the diktats of global capitalism, the Chinese government is decentralising control of the arts industry, cutting subsidies to institutions, artists and performers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They had bent to accept the rules and diktats set down by the powers-that-be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They, like every other group of workers, describe the pressure of long hours, stress at work and diktats from management.’
    law, regulation, enactment, act, bill, decree, edict, rule, ruling, resolution, promulgation, measure, motion, dictum, command, order, stipulation, commandment, directive, pronouncement, ratification, proclamation, dictate, diktat, fiat, covenant, demand, by-law
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1930s: from German, from Latin dictatum something dictated neuter past participle of dictare.