One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Both regimes depended on delation, or sneaking: a social atrocity that could have ghastly results.’
- ‘Moreover, the Vatican has recently reaffirmed the need for and propriety of ‘delation,’ that is, secret submissions to church authorities of derogatory information.’
- ‘Why else would his unsupported delation have led to my immediate dismissal?’
- ‘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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