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or decalogue, Decalog, decalog

[dek-uh-lawg, -log] /ˈdɛk əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg/
Ten Commandments Ex. 20:2–17.
Origin of Decalogue
1350-1400; Middle English decalog < Late Latin decalogus < Medieval Greek, Greek dekálogos. See deca-, -logue Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for Decalogue
Historical Examples
  • This Decalogue of free men, formed in the forests of America, contained more metaphysical phrases than sound policy.

    History of the Girondists, Volume I Alphonse de Lamartine
  • His Decalogue was a monologue, consisting but of one commandment: Do your duty.

    All's Well Emily Sarah Holt
  • The ten moral rules of the Decalogue were enforced, and a stricter interpretation attached to its terms.

    Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh Augustus F. Lindley
  • Following is the revised edition of the Decalogue, calculated for this meridian.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • What the Decalogue really says is, "Thou shalt not steal," but I am trying to use more polite language.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • What sin is there in the Decalogue in which he has not steeped himself to the lips?

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude
  • Relapse into idolatry shortly after giving the Decalogue, 23.

  • The Decalogue says you shall not take away from any man his profit.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • In some cantons of Switzerland the prohibition was introduced in the Decalogue, next to the commandment against adultery.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
  • It is enjoined in the first three precepts of the Decalogue.

British Dictionary definitions for Decalogue


another name for the Ten Commandments
Word Origin
C14: from Church Latin decalogus, from Greek, from deka ten + logos word
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Decalogue

"Ten Commandments," late 14c., from Middle French decalogue, from Latin decalogus, from Greek, from the phrase hoi deka logoi used to translate "Ten Commandments" in Septuagint.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Decalogue in the Bible

the name given by the Greek fathers to the ten commandments; "the ten words," as the original is more literally rendered (Ex. 20:3-17). These commandments were at first written on two stone slabs (31:18), which were broken by Moses throwing them down on the ground (32:19). They were written by God a second time (34:1). The decalogue is alluded to in the New Testament five times (Matt. 5:17, 18, 19; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; Rom. 7:7, 8; 13:9; 1 Tim. 1:9, 10). These commandments have been divided since the days of Origen the Greek father, as they stand in the Confession of all the Reformed Churches except the Lutheran. The division adopted by Luther, and which has ever since been received in the Lutheran Church, makes the first two commandments one, and the third the second, and so on to the last, which is divided into two. "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house" being ranked as ninth, and "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife," etc., the tenth. (See COMMANDMENTS.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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