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 Dictionary entry overview: What does commandment mean? 

  The noun COMMANDMENT has 2 senses:

1. something that is commanded
2. a doctrine that is taught

  Familiarity information: COMMANDMENT used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1commandment [BACK TO TOP]


Something that is commanded

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("commandment" is a kind of...):

bid; bidding; command; dictation (an authoritative direction or instruction to do something)

Instance hyponyms:

Decalogue; Ten Commandments (the biblical commandments of Moses)

Sense 2commandment [BACK TO TOP]


A doctrine that is taught

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


commandment; precept; teaching

Context examples:

the teachings of religion / he believed all the Christian precepts

Hypernyms ("commandment" is a kind of...):

doctrine; ism; philosophical system; philosophy; school of thought (a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "commandment"):

Golden Rule (a command based on Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount)

mitsvah; mitzvah ((Judaism) a precept or commandment of the Jewish law)

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