J. B. Finch.
(Del`e*ga"tion) n. [L. delegatio: cf. F. délégation.]
1. The act of delegating, or investing with authority to act for another; the appointment of a delegate or
2. One or more persons appointed or chosen, and commissioned to represent others, as in a convention,
in Congress, etc.; the collective body of delegates; as, the delegation from Massachusetts; a deputation.
3. (Rom. Law) A kind of novation by which a debtor, to be liberated from his creditor, gives him a third
person, who becomes obliged in his stead to the creditor, or to the person appointed by him. Pothier.
(Del"e*ga*to*ry) a. [L. delegatorius pert. to an assignment.] Holding a delegated position.
(||De*len"da) n. pl. [L., fr. delere to destroy.] Things to be erased or blotted out.
(Del`e*nif"ic*al) a. [L. delenificus; delenire to soothe + facere to make. See Lenient.] Assuaging
pain. [Obs.] Bailey.
(De*lete") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deleted; p. pr. & vb. n. Deleting.] [L. deletus, p. p. of delere
to destroy. Cf. 1st Dele.] To blot out; to erase; to expunge; to dele; to omit.
I have, therefore, . . . inserted eleven stanzas which do not appear in Sir Walter Scott's version, and
have deleted eight.Aytoun.
(Del`e*te"ri*ous) a. [LL. deleterius noxious, Gr. dhlhth`rios, fr. dhlei^sqai to hurt, damage; prob.
akin to L. delere to destroy.] Hurtful; noxious; destructive; pernicious; as, a deleterious plant or quality; a
deleterious example. Del`e*te"ri*ous*ly, adv. Del`e*te"ri*ous*ness, n.
(Del"e*ter*y) a. [LL. deleterius: cf. F. délétère.] Destructive; poisonous. [Obs.] "Deletery medicines."
(Del"e*ter*y), n. That which destroys. [Obs.]
They [the Scriptures] are the only deletery of heresies.Jer. Taylor.