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 for commandment
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Commandment \Com*mand"ment\, n. [OF. commandement, F.
     commandement.]
     1. An order or injunction given by authority; a command; a
        charge; a precept; a mandate.
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              A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one
              another.                              --John xiii.
                                                    34.
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     2. (Script.) One of the ten laws or precepts given by God to
        the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
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     3. The act of commanding; exercise of authority.
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              And therefore put I on the countenance
              Of stern commandment.                 --Shak.
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     4. (Law) The offense of commanding or inducing another to
        violate the law.
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     The Commandments, The Ten Commandments, the Decalogue, or
        summary of God's commands, given to Moses at Mount Sinai.
        (--Ex. xx.)
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  commandment
      n 1: something that is commanded
      2: a doctrine that is taught; "the teachings of religion"; "he
         believed all the Christian precepts" [syn: teaching,
         precept, commandment]

From 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
  
  

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