One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Report (an offense or crime)‘they may delate my slackness to my patron’
- 1.1 Inform against or denounce (someone)‘they deliberated together on delating her as a witch’
inform, tellView synonyms
- ‘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’.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Ten years after his consecration he was delated for heresy by an ecclesiastical court, and subsequently excommunicated from the Anglican Church altogether.’
- 1.1 Inform against or denounce (someone)
Late 15th century: from Latin delat- ‘referred, carried away’, from the verb deferre (see defer).
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