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[dih-leyt] /dɪˈleɪt/
verb (used with object), delated, delating.
Chiefly Scot. to inform against; denounce or accuse.
Archaic. to relate; report:
to delate an offense.
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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delation, noun
delator, delater, noun
[del-uh-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-] /ˌdɛl əˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
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British Dictionary definitions for delator


verb (transitive)
(formerly) to bring a charge against; denounce; impeach
(rare) to report (an offence, etc)
(obsolete) to make known or public
Derived Forms
delation, noun
delator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēlātus, from dēferre to bring down, report, indict, from de- + ferre to bear
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Encyclopedia Article for delator

ancient Roman prosecutor or informer. The role of the informer in matters of criminal law and fiscal claims was of singular importance to the maintenance of order in Roman society, which was without an adequate police force or public prosecutor. Rewards ranged from pecuniary awards and public praise for citizens to freedom for slaves and citizenship for foreigners.

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