Share this entry

Share this page

Decalogue

Line breaks: Deca|logue
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛkəlɒɡ
 
/

Definition of Decalogue in English:

noun

(the Decalogue)
The Ten Commandments.
Example sentences
  • There is considerable debate in the U.S. whether the Decalogue should be posted in public schools, public parks, government offices, etc, and under which circumstances posting is constitutional.
  • The Decalogue contains the essence of the Greek philosophers understanding of the moral life, which they called the good-life.
  • Using the example of a veiled Moses descending from Mount Sinai after receiving the Decalogue (Exodus 33.29 - 35), Paul talks about the need for Christological understanding to ‘open up’ the Law and the Prophets to their interior, spiritual meaning.

Origin

late Middle English: via French and ecclesiastical Latin from Greek dekalogos (biblos) '(book of) the Ten Commandments', from hoi deka logoi 'the Ten Commandments' (literally 'the ten sayings').

Definition of Decalogue in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…