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See also: délation



From Latin dēlātiō.



delation (countable and uncountable, plural delations)

  1. (obsolete) Conveyance.
  2. (law) An accusation or charge brought against someone, especially by an informer.
    • 1858, John Addington Symonds, Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2[1]:
      Some curious circumstances respecting delation, prison life, and autos da fe are here minutely recorded.]
    • 1789, Edward Gibbon, The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire[2]:
      Such public defiance might become Valentinian; but it could leave no room for the unworthy delation of the philosopher Maximus, which supposes some more private offence, (Zosimus, l. iv. p. 200, 201.)]
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 253:
      A wise woman who was popular with her neighbours might escape delation; whereas one who had fallen out with them might find herself accused not just of charming, but even of black witchcraft.