ukase


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ukase \U*kase"\, n. [F., fr. Russ. ukas'; pref. u- + kazate to
   show, to say.]
   1. In Russia, a published proclamation or imperial order,
      having the force of law.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. an order or edict by someone holding absolute authority.
      [PJC]
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