countermand - Dictionary definition and meaning for word countermand
counter + command....so counter the previous command.
COUNTER+DEMAND....counter a demand means CANCEL or REVOKE....
DEMAND is to Ask for or EVOKE(Call forth) hence COUNTER(Opposite)+MAND means CANCEL or REVOKE
an idiot capricious spurious cartoon king who cannot decide what command to give, so he commands then countermands and then commands and then countermands leaving people confused