Ukase Definition

yo͝okās, -kāz, yo͝o-kās, -kāz
noun
Any official, esp. arbitrary, decree or proclamation.
Webster's New World
In czarist Russia, an imperial order or decree, having the force of law.
Webster's New World

(figuratively) Any absolutist order and/or arrogant proclamation.

Wiktionary
Alternative capitalization of ukase.
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Other Word Forms of Ukase

Noun

Singular:
ukase
Plural:
ukases

Origin of Ukase

  • 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

  • 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

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