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 ÑƒÐºÐ°Ð· (ukÃ¡z, “edict, decree"), from Old East Slavic ÑƒÐºÐ°Ð·ÑŠ (ukÃ¡z, “edict"), from ÑƒÐºÐ°Ð·Ð°Ñ‚ÑŒ (ukazat', “to show, decree"), from Old Church Slavonic ÑƒÐºÐ°Ð·Ð°Ñ‚Ð¸ (ukazati, “to show, decree"), itself formed from the intensifying prefix Ñƒ- (u-) (denoting a concrete purpose) + ÐºÐ°Ð·Ð°Ñ‚Ð¸ (kazati, “to show, order"). Compare Dutch oekaze, German Ukas, etc.