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  1. an authoritative proclamation; an edict, especially from the tsarist Russian government
  • 1805: An Ukase, it appears, has been issued by the Emperor Alexander, to facilitate the introduction of calimancoes and other Norwich goods into his Empire. " The Times, 6 May 1805, p.3 col. C
  • 1965: I knew a stunned plunge of disappointment and a bitter anger. What right had he to issue such an arbitrary ? " John Fowles, The Magus
  • Translations: 
    • French: ukase
    Etymology: From Russian Ñ (edict, decree) < Old Russian ÑÑ (edict) < ÑÑÑ (to show, to decree) < Old Church Slavonic ÑÑÑ, formed from Ñ- (denoting a concrete purpose) + ÑÑ (to show, to order).

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