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Word of the Day 08/17/15 Ukase

Ukase (noun)
ukase [yoo-keys, -keyz, yoo-keys, -keyz]


noun
1. (in czarist Russia) an edict or order of the czar having the force of law.
2. any order or proclamation by an absolute or arbitrary authority.

Synonyms
2. edict, directive, ruling, decree, fiat.

Origin: 1720-30; < French < Russian ukáz, Old Russian ukazŭ, noun derivative of ukazati to show, indicate, assign, command, equivalent to u- prefix + kazati to show, order

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