2. [syn: teaching, precept, commandment]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Commandment \Com*mand"ment\, n. [OF. commandement, F.
1. An order or injunction given by authority; a command; a
charge; a precept; a mandate.
A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one
another. --John xiii.
2. (Script.) One of the ten laws or precepts given by God to
the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
3. The act of commanding; exercise of authority.
And therefore put I on the countenance
Of stern commandment. --Shak.
4. (Law) The offense of commanding or inducing another to
violate the law.
The Commandments, The Ten Commandments, the Decalogue, or
summary of God's commands, given to Moses at Mount Sinai.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: something that is commanded
2: a doctrine that is taught; "the teachings of religion"; "he
believed all the Christian precepts" [syn: teaching,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
41 Moby Thesaurus words for "commandment":
behest, bidding, canon, code, command, convention, dictate,
dictation, dictum, direct order, form, formula, general principle,
golden rule, guideline, guiding principle, hest, imperative, law,
maxim, mitzvah, moral, norm, order, ordinance, pleasure,
principium, principle, regulation, rubric, rule, say-so,
settled principle, special order, standard, tenet, will, word,
word of command, working principle, working rule