Ukase definition

yo͝okās, -kāz, yo͝o-kās, -kāz
Any official, esp. arbitrary, decree or proclamation.
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An authoritative order or decree; an edict.
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A proclamation of a czar having the force of law in imperial Russia.
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In czarist Russia, an imperial order or decree, having the force of law.
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An authoritative proclamation; an edict, especially decreed by a Russian czar or (later) emperor.
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(figuratively) Any absolutist order and/or arrogant proclamation.
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Alternative capitalization of ukase.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of ukase - ukaz

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ukase
Plural:
ukases

Origin of ukase

  • French from Russian ukaz decree from Old Church Slavonic ukazŭ a showing, proof u- at, to kazati to point out, show

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Russian указ (ukáz, “edict, decree"), from Old East Slavic указъ (ukáz, “edict"), from указать (ukazat', “to show, decree"), from Old Church Slavonic указати (ukazati, “to show, decree"), itself formed from the intensifying prefix у- (u-) (denoting a concrete purpose) + казати (kazati, “to show, order"). Compare Dutch oekaze, German Ukas, etc.

    From Wiktionary