What does the word fiat mean?

Usage examples for fiat

  1. When an autocrat has delivered his fiat, argument on the part of even his most trusted servants is useless. – The Intriguers by William Le Queux
  2. To- day, by the fiat of madness, we are plunged in distress and threatened with political ruin, anarchy, and annihilation. – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  3. It is as smooth as the motion of a ship sailing on a calm sea, and yet it is never fiat nor tame. – The Life of Froude by Herbert Paul