dictum (plural dicta or dictums)
- An authoritative statement; a dogmatic saying; a maxim, an apothegm.
- 1949, Bruce Kiskaddon, George R. Stewart, Earth Abides
- ...a dictum which he had heard an economics professor once propound...
- A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.
- The report of a judgment made by one of the judges who has given it.
- An arbitrament or award.
From dīcō (“say, speak”).
dictum n (genitive dictī); second declension
- a word, saying, something said
- proverb, maxim
- bon mot, witticism
- verse, poetry
- a prophesy, prediction
- order, command
- promise, assurance
- nominative neuter singular of dictus
- accusative masculine singular of dictus
- accusative neuter singular of dictus
- vocative neuter singular of dictus
- supine of dīcō
- dictum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- dictum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- DICTUM in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- Félix Gaffiot (1934), “dictum”, in Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
- Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
(ambiguous) a short, pointed witticism: breviter et commode dictum
(ambiguous) a witticism, bon mot: facete dictum
(ambiguous) a far-fetched joke: arcessitum dictum (De Or. 2. 63. 256)
(ambiguous) to make jokes on a person: dicta dicere in aliquem
(ambiguous) to obey a person's orders: dicto audientem esse alicui
(ambiguous) as I said above: ut supra (opp. infra) diximus, dictum est
(ambiguous) so much for this subject...; enough has been said on..: ac (sed) de ... satis dixi, dictum est