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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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Diktats issued by rebels in favour of one candidate or the other used to be the order of the day.
Summary: A worthless 'solution' that is dictated by personal interests and diktats from Israel.
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"It encapsulates the diktats from on high which are not the strength of the Westminster elite, but rather their fundamental weakness.
THE Supreme Court has observed that fatwas issued by Muslim clerics cannot be forced upon people and the state has to protect those who are harassed for not following such diktats.
"Police must act against anyone issuing such diktats. If anyone takes action against any young man or woman based on illegal village courts, then they must be arrested," said India's Home Minister P.
Israeli human rights organizations have demanded that Defense Minister Ehud Barak cancel two new military diktats that could allow the expulsion of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, reported influential Beirut daily AN NAHAR, Tuesday.