- Chiefly Scot. to inform against; denounce or accuse.
- Archaic. to relate; report: to delate an offense.
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
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Examples from the Web for delation
That court is to try criminals sent to it by the National Assembly, or brought before it by other courses of delation.
Delation was so indispensable to the Inquisition that it was to be secured by rewards as well as by punishments.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume I
Henry Charles Lea
The cowardly assault did not save the minister, who was too deeply compromised in the delation scandal.
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
- (formerly) to bring a charge against; denounce; impeach
- rare to report (an offence, etc)
- obsolete to make known or public
C16: from Latin dēlātus, from dēferre to bring down, report, indict, from de- + ferre to bear
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