Definition of delate in English:


Line breaks: de¦late
Pronunciation: /dɪˈleɪt


[with object] archaic
1Report (an offence or crime): they may delate my slackness to my patron
1.1Inform against or denounce (someone): they deliberated together on delating her as a witch
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  • He was delated to Rome for his writings on the laity and the shadow of suspicion was not lifted until he was made cardinal in 1878.
  • However, when he published ‘On Consulting the Faithful, in Matters of Doctrine’, it was delated to Rome, and he was charged with subverting just authority.
  • It's fostered a climate of fear, with priests and even Bishops looking over their shoulders in case they get delated for perceived ‘errors’.


late 15th century: from Latin delat- 'referred, carried away', from the verb deferre (see defer2).



Pronunciation: /-ˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Why else would his unsupported delation have led to my immediate dismissal?
  • Moreover, the Vatican has recently reaffirmed the need for and propriety of ‘delation,’ that is, secret submissions to church authorities of derogatory information.
  • I checked back, and I found to my surprise that the ‘delation’ process described there was actually about individuals who denounce their own bishops.


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  • They knew of people called delators who made a living out of accusing people before the authorities.
  • During the Empire professional delators were many because of the monetary rewards that awaited a winner.
  • He punished the delators; reduced the privileges of the praetorians, and reformed the law courts.

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