Definition of ukase in English:



  • 1An edict of the Russian government.

    ‘Tsar Alexander I issued his famous ukase unilaterally decreeing the North Pacific Coast Russian territory’
    • ‘The group was careful to observe Kukes' ukase against smoking cigarettes, a rarity in tobacco-saturated Russia.’
    • ‘The ukase also prohibited American and other foreign shipping from approaching within one hundred miles of the shoreline.’
    • ‘But in the face of the ukase what can he do?’
    decree, order, command, commandment, mandate, proclamation, pronouncement, dictum, dictate, fiat, promulgation, precept
    1. 1.1An arbitrary command.
      ‘he was defying the publisher in the very building from which he had issued his ukase’
      • ‘Why not ease up on the ukases against kids singing songs about mangers and stars?’
      • ‘The Bush doctrine seeks to extend American ukase all around the world, whereas we ought to be seeking ways for attenuating all national sovereignties in favor of collective global decision-making.’
      • ‘The brusque style of Washington has managed to antagonize its best friends by means of anachronistic ukases and its treatment of allies as unruly children.’
      • ‘Railtrack was nationalised by ministerial ukase, at a point when the market recognised its crisis had peaked and could be overcome.’
      • ‘As in the United States, the Australian History Wars are conducted by ukase.’
      • ‘I can only think that, trapped between his automatic deference to prescriptive ukases and a cloudy realization that if everybody is using words in an illogical way usage must trump logic, he squares the circle by means of this oxymoron.’
      • ‘But the dimwitted ukases that his book with Strunk promulgates have nothing to do with good writing or elegant style.’
      • ‘I remember my daughter's 2nd grade teacher saying that she only had spelling books because she rescued them from the dumpster after the ukase came down that they weren't supposed to use them anymore.’
      order, command, decree, edict, rule, ruling, ordinance, dictum, directive, direction, instruction, pronouncement, mandate, requirement, stipulation, injunction, ultimatum, demand, exhortation



/yo͞oˈkās/ /juˈkeɪs/


From Russian ukaz ‘ordinance, edict’, from ukazatʹ ‘show, decree’.