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

[German, from Latin dictātum, from neuter past participle of dictāre, to dictate; see dictate.]
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a decree or settlement imposed, esp by a ruler or a victorious nation
2. a dogmatic statement
[German: dictation, from Latin dictātum, from dictāre to dictate]
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1. a harsh settlement or decree imposed unilaterally, esp. on a defeated nation.
2. any decree or authoritative statement: The Board of Education issued a diktat that all employees must report an hour earlier.
[1930–35; < German]
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[dɪkˈtɑːt] Ndictado m, imposición f
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[ˈdɪktæt] ndiktat m
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