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or dec·a·logue, Dec·a·log, dec·a·log

[dek-uh-lawg, -log]
  1. Ten Commandments. Ex. 20:2–17.
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Origin of Decalogue

1350–1400; Middle English decalog < Late Latin decalogus < Medieval Greek, Greek dekálogos. See deca-, -logue
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Historical Examples

  • Following is the revised edition of the Decalogue, calculated for this meridian.

    The Devil's Dictionary

    Ambrose Bierce

  • What sin is there in the Decalogue in which he has not steeped himself to the lips?

  • It is solemnly condemned by the Decalogue: Thou shalt not steal.

  • That he meant no other than the Law and Commandments in the decalogue, see xiii: 8, 9.

  • His decalogue was a monologue, consisting but of one commandment: Do your duty.

    All's Well

    Emily Sarah Holt

British Dictionary definitions for decalogue


  1. another name for the Ten Commandments
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Word Origin

C14: from Church Latin decalogus, from Greek, from deka ten + logos word
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Word Origin and History for decalogue



"Ten Commandments," late 14c., from Middle French decalogue, from Latin decalogus, from Greek, from the phrase hoi deka logoi used to translate "Ten Commandments" in Septuagint.

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