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  • We want -- the men, sir -- they want send a depitation aft to have a word with you.

    The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays Eugene O'Neill 1920

  • "Dost think," Bill suggested after another long pause, "that if we got up a sort of depitation -- Luke Marner and four or five other steady chaps as knows him; yes, and Polly Powlett, she could do the talking -- to go to her and tell her what a thundering dad un he is -- dost think it would do any good?"

    Through the Fray A Tale of the Luddite Riots 1867

  • I managed not to laugh, and old Isaac added, "There's a many in this village, sir, would have been glad to have taken the liberty of expressing themselves to the Colonel, and a _depitation_ did get as far as your father's gates one night, but they turned bashful and come home again.

    We and the World, Part I A Book for Boys Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing 1863


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  • A probably madeupical word by on Wikipedia: stylistic device (2008-09-24):

    “Depitation is the over-use of extravagant or highfalutin words so as to appear more intelligent.

    Example: The falluably sic irrevocable cat met its intrinsic match in the oppositional form of a dog.”

    – (2009-10-24)

    October 24, 2009