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dictum

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈdɪktəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪktəm//
 
(pl. dicta
BrE BrE//ˈdɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪk//
 
, dictums)
(formal)
 
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a statement that expresses something that people believe is always true or should be followed the dictum that ‘In politics, there are no friendships.’ Every storyteller should remember Aristotle’s dictum that a story must have a beginning, a middle and an end. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘something said’, neuter past participle of dicere.
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