from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Carriage; conveyance; transmission.
- noun Accusation or criminal information; specifically, interested accusation; secret or sinister denunciation.
- noun Extension; delay; postponement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Obs. or Archaic Conveyance.
- noun (Law) Accusation by an informer.
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- noun obsolete
- noun law
accusationby an informer
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“Only you know,” said Bothwell, still playing with the purse, “that every landholder is answerable for the conformity and loyalty of his household, and that these fellows of mine are not obliged to be silent on the subject of the fine sermon we have had from that old puritan in the tartan plaid there; and I presume you are aware that the consequences of delation will be a heavy fine before the council.”
He is asked for the names of the priests also, but replies that delation is forbidden by the laws; they will be found easily enough in their respective cities.
There was but one delation to the inquisitors, and, on Ignatius requesting a prompt settlement, the Inquisitor Ori told him proceedings were therewith quashed.
Whether or not delation of Christians occurred frequently during the era of persecution is not known, but taking into consideration the irrational hatred of the pagan population for Christians, it may safely be surmised that not a few Christians suffered martyrdom through betrayal.
An example of the kind related by St. Justin Martyr shows how swift and terrible were the consequences of delation.
Espionage, delation, quarrels between heads and tutors, rejection of
The means adopted for their aggrandizement are certainly not creditable to the princes of Moscow, who according to Rambaud, used intrigue, corruption, the purchase of consciences, servility toward the Tatars, assassination, and delation.
Since he who could bring a criminal to justice received a fourth of his possessions and estates, and since it brought the accuser into prominence, delation was recklessly indulged in by the unscrupulous, both for the sake of gain and as a means of venting personal spite.
That court is to try criminals sent to it by the National Assembly, or brought before it by other courses of delation.
Sejanus had built up his power by fostering the system of delation.