a popular saying — such as "Nothing is certain but death and taxes."
a formal declaration from a respected source — such as the Constitution's statement that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech"
a non-binding remark in a judge's opinion — short for obiter dictum
And then, jealousy means lowering both myself and her," he told himself as he went into her boudoir; but this dictum, which had always had such weight with him before, had now no weight and no meaning at all.
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There are no more uses of "dictum" in Anna Karenina.