Definition of ukase in US English:



  • 1An edict of the Russian government.

    ‘Tsar Alexander I issued his famous ukase unilaterally decreeing the North Pacific Coast Russian territory’
    • ‘In the late 1960s comprehensive education had been imposed on local authorities by Labour with all the ruthlessness of a ukase.’
    • ‘The ukase also prohibited American and other foreign shipping from approaching within one hundred miles of the shoreline.’
    • ‘But in the face of the ukase what can he do?’
    • ‘In Ukraine, all performances and translations of Shakespeare into Ukrainian were banned by strict ukases, thus turning Shakespeare into samizdat literature well before the Soviet period.’
    • ‘To seek rhyme or reason in such decisions is as vain an inquiry as to seek the same qualities in the ukase of a Russian Czar or the whims of an Oriental despot.’
    • ‘Certainly no hint of a slavedriver there - although the group was careful to observe Kukes' ukase against smoking cigarettes, a rarity in tobacco-saturated Russia.’
    decree, order, command, commandment, mandate, proclamation, pronouncement, dictum, dictate, fiat, promulgation, precept
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    1. 1.1 An arbitrary command.
      ‘he was defying the publisher in the very building from which he had issued his ukase’
      • ‘I can only think that, trapped between his automatic deference to prescriptive ukases and a cloudy realization that if everybody is using words in an illogical way usage must trump logic, he squares the circle by means of this oxymoron.’
      • ‘I remember my daughter's 2nd grade teacher saying that she only had spelling books because she rescued them from the dumpster after the ukase came down that they weren't supposed to use them anymore.’
      • ‘As in the United States, the Australian History Wars are conducted by ukase.’
      • ‘Sport exists in a specialised world of brutal oppression, of draconian law, of fascist ukase.’
      • ‘The Bush doctrine seeks to extend American ukase all around the world, whereas we ought to be seeking ways for attenuating all national sovereignties in favor of collective global decision-making.’
      • ‘But the dimwitted ukases that his book with Strunk promulgates have nothing to do with good writing or elegant style.’
      • ‘The brusque style of Washington has managed to antagonize its best friends by means of anachronistic ukases and its treatment of allies as unruly children.’
      • ‘Railtrack was nationalised by ministerial ukase, at a point when the market recognised its crisis had peaked and could be overcome.’
      • ‘Why not ease up on the ukases against kids singing songs about mangers and stars?’
      order, command, decree, edict, rule, ruling, ordinance, dictum, directive, direction, instruction, pronouncement, mandate, requirement, stipulation, injunction, ultimatum, demand, exhortation
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From Russian ukaz ‘ordinance, edict’, from ukazatʹ ‘show, decree’.