commandment
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /kəˈmɑːndmənt/
  • (America) IPA: /kəˈmændmənt/
Noun

commandment

  1. (religion) A divinely ordained command, especially one of the Ten Commandments.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, John 13:34 ↗:
      A new commandement I giue vnto you, That yee loue one another, as I haue loued you, that yee alſo loue one another.
  2. (archaic) Something that must be obeyed; a command or edict.
    • c. 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene ii], page 283 ↗, column 2:
      Pau. Pray you then,
      Conduct me to the Queene.
      Gao. I may not (Madam)
      To the contrary I haue expreſſe commandment.
  3. (obsolete) The act of commanding; exercise of authority.
    • c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene vii], page 296 ↗, columns 1–2:
      Orl. Speake you ſo gently ? Pardon me I pray you,
      I thought that all things had bin ſauage heere,
      And therefore put I on the countenance
      Of ſterne command'ment.
  4. (legal) The offence of commanding or inducing another to violate the law.
Translations
Commandment
Noun

commandment (plural commandments)

  1. Any of the Ten Commandments.



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