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. [1913 Webster]

A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another. --John xiii. 34. [1913 Webster]

2. (Script.) One of the ten laws or precepts given by God to the Israelites at Mount Sinai. [1913 Webster]

3. The act of commanding; exercise of authority. [1913 Webster]

And therefore put I on the countenance Of stern commandment. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) The offense of commanding or inducing another to violate the law. [1913 Webster]

{The Commandments}, {The Ten Commandments}, the Decalogue, or summary of God's commands, given to Moses at Mount Sinai. (--Ex. xx.) [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.