Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A graduated selection of passages from Latin or Greek authors, usually with notes and a vocabulary, for translation by school-boys: as, a Latin delectus; Valpy's Greek Delectus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A name given to an elementary book for learners of Latin or Greek.
- Latin, selection, from deligere, delectum, to select. (Wiktionary)
“KENNEDY'S suggestion, "that the word represents the Latin participle _delectus_.”
“Harry pored over his delectus; and in the corner Mrs Campbell sat and wept.”
“Campbell, attend to your work;" or, "Campbell, don't look out of the window;" or, when in a facetious mood, "Campbell, you cannot learn your delectus by the light of nature.”
“As he was making assurance doubly sure, that it really was the delectus-crib, he felt a hand on his shoulder, and starting suddenly, found Mr Prichard standing, looking over him into his desk.”
“Whether, therefore, _delighted_ be derived from the Latin _delectus_ or not, I still believe that it means”
“Nam utilissimus idem ac brevissimus bonarum malarumque rerum delectus, cogitare quid aut nolueris sub alio principe, aut volueris.2”
“With regard to the two boys it was much the same, only instead of accomplishments, I was to get the greatest possible quantity of Latin grammar and Valpy's delectus into their heads, in order to fit them for school – the greatest possible quantity at least, without trouble to themselves.”
“He wrote a sharp and learned criticism of the "Epigrammatum delectus" of Port-Royal (1659), "De epigrammate liber et epigrammatum libri tres" (1669), showing delicate and solid knowledge of Catullus, Martial, and the Greek anthology.”
“True, a child whose delectus is taken from Cornelius Nepos or Caesar will be better prepared perhaps for going on to Virgil and Cicero than a child whose delectus is taken from the Vulgate.”
“A chapter or two from the story of Joseph, a chapter or two from Deuteronomy, and the first two chapters of St. Luke's Gospel would be the sort of delectus we want; add to them a vocabulary and a simple grammar of the main forms of the Latin language, and you have a perfectly compact and cheap school book, and yet all that you need.”
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