instruction, mandate, bidding, command, directive, charge, injunction, direction, commandment, over, dictate, word, words, order.
Did she confess that I held their secret and impose silence on me by a more than royal command, by the behest
of bright eyes and red lips which dared me to betray their confidence?
He would obey the angel's behest!
People then did not think much of a dying woman, and were in no special hurry to obey Herbert's behest.