If someone believes that God has directed them to do something, it's a commandment. If your parents grimly order you to clean your room, you can also consider that a commandment.

Strictly speaking, a commandment is divinely ordered, like the Ten Commandments in the Bible. But you should feel free to use this word for any solemn, serious directive or set of guiding principles. The commandments of your French club, for example, might include "no speaking in English" and "don't be late — unless you brought croissants."

Definitions of commandment
  1. noun
    something that is commanded
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    Ten Commandments
    the biblical commandments of Moses
    type of:
    bid, bidding, command, dictation
    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
  2. noun
    a doctrine that is taught
    synonyms: precept, teaching
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    Golden Rule
    a command based on Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount
    mitsvah, mitzvah
    (Judaism) a precept or commandment of the Jewish law
    type of:
    doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought
    a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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