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See also: Commandment
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kəˈmɑːndmənt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /kəˈmændmənt/
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- (religion) A divinely ordained command, especially one of the Ten Commandments.
- 1869, T. Valpy French, The Old Commandment New and True in Christ […] , Seeley, Jackson, and Halliday, page 256:
- But besides having the bent of the affections towards Him, and desiring His favour, His near presence with us, there is that great rule of His, “This is love, that we walk after His commandments.”
- 1998, Moshe Lieber, The Fifth Commandment: Honoring Parents : Laws, Insights, Stories and Ideas, Mesorah Publications, →ISBN, page 30:
- Even those commandments which have a rational basis are kept by Jews only because that is God's will (Aruch HaShulchan). This lesson is encapsulated in the story of Dama ben Nesina.
- (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 […] (First Folio), London: […] 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.
- (law) The offence of commanding or inducing another to violate the law.
- (obsolete) The act of commanding; exercise of authority.
- 1562–1565 (date written), Thomas Smyth [i.e., Thomas Smith], “Of the Diuersities of Common Wealthes or Gouernement”, in De Republica Anglorum. The Maner of Gouernement or Policie of the Realme of England, […], London: […] Henrie Midleton for Gregorie Seton, published 1583, OCLC 1191007197, page 1:
- To rule, is vnderſtoode to haue the higheſt and ſupreme authoritie of commaundement.
- c. 1598–1600, William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene vii], page 296:
- 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.
a command or edict