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From Latin Deo (to God) (from Deus (God)) + datum (thing given).


deodate (plural deodates)

  1. (obsolete) A gift or offering to God.
    • Richard Hooker
      Long it were to reckon up particularly what God was owner of under the Law: for of this sort was all which they spent in legal sacrifices; of this sort their usual oblations and offerings; of this sort tithes and firstfruits; [] of this sort whatsoever their Corban contained, wherein that blessed widow's deodate was laid up.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for deodate in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)