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Word of the Day
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Definitions for delate

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

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Citations for delate
“I will delate you for a warlock to the Privy Council!" said Sir John. "I will send you to your master, the devil, with the help of a tar-barrel and a torch!" Sir Walter Scott, “Wandering Willie’s Tale,” Selected Short Stories
What's more, if you persist in disobeying me, I'll have no choice but to delate you to His Excellency the Archbishop. Andrew M. Greeley, The Priestly Sins
Origin of delate
Delate stems from the Latin word dēlātus which is the past participle of dēferre meaning "to bring down," like the modern English word defer.