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[ dih-leyt ]
/ dɪˈleɪt /

verb (used with object), de·lat·ed, de·lat·ing.

Chiefly Scot. to inform against; denounce or accuse.
Archaic. to relate; report: to delate an offense.

Nearby words

delannoy, delano, delany, delany, martin robinson, delaroche, delate, delative, delatorian, delaunay, delaunay, robert, delavigne

Origin of delate

1505–15; < Latin dēlātus (suppletive past participle of dēferre to bring down, report, accuse), equivalent to dē- de- + lā- carry (past participle stem of ferre) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsde·la·tion, nounde·la·tor, de·lat·er, noundel·a·to·ri·an [del-uh-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-] /ˌdɛl əˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for delation

  • To wit the "arts" of suffering and being silent, by which his interlocutor Lepidus has explained his own safety from delation.

    A History of English Literature|George Saintsbury
  • Delation was so indispensable to the Inquisition that it was to be secured by rewards as well as by punishments.

  • The cowardly assault did not save the minister, who was too deeply compromised in the delation scandal.

  • That court is to try criminals sent to it by the National Assembly, or brought before it by other courses of delation.

British Dictionary definitions for delation


/ (dɪˈleɪt) /

verb (tr)

(formerly) to bring a charge against; denounce; impeach
rare to report (an offence, etc)
obsolete to make known or public
Derived Formsdelation, noundelator, noun

Word Origin for delate

C16: from Latin dēlātus, from dēferre to bring down, report, indict, from de- + ferre to bear
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