Meaning of “commandment” in the English Dictionary

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"commandment" in English

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commandmentnoun [ C ]

uk /kəˈmɑːnd.mənt/ us /kəˈmænd.mənt/

often literary an order, especially one of the Ten Commandments

Examples from literature

  • 'I suppose it is because he breaks the commandments. 
  • First he gave them laws, beginning with the Ten Commandments and ending with the Golden Rule, and then established courts where laws could be faithfully administered. 
  • In the Torah there are ten commandments concerning retribution for murder, which would not be possible to enforce at the present time and under existing conditions of the world. 
  • It was better to have a real captain who was a scoundrel, than a man who knew nothing but kept the Commandments. 
  • What is more extraordinary is that they did keep God's commandments for the rest of their lives. 

(Definition of “commandment” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Commandment" in American English

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Commandmentnoun [ C ]

us /kəˈmænd·mənt/

any of the ten important rules of behavior that the Bible says were given by God to Moses

(Definition of “Commandment” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)