Definition of Decalogue in English:



the Decalogue
  • The Ten Commandments.

    • ‘What relation does the Decalogue have to our understanding of God's will today?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not long ago the Decalogue was a venerable standard of morality acknowledged by all.’
    • ‘The Decalogue contains the essence of the Greek philosophers understanding of the moral life, which they called the good-life.’


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’).