from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A harsh, unilaterally imposed settlement with a defeated party.
- n. An authoritative or dogmatic statement or decree.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a harsh penalty or settlement imposed upon a defeated party by the victor
- n. a dogmatic decree
German, from Latin dictātum, from neuter past participle of dictāre, to dictate; see dictate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Diktat, from Latin dictātum, supine of dictō ("dictate") (Wiktionary)