delate

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See: charge, complain, denigrate, implicate, involve

delate

to bring a charge against; denounce; impeach.
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If the delator lost his case or refused to carry it through, he was liable to the same penalties as the accused.
We can infer, then, that Tacitus introduces Crispinus merely as an example of how the position of delator was particularly vexatious in the eyes of the larger community.
More importantly, Tacitus' description of Crispinus highlights two essential motivations for a typical delator.
Rutledge, Imperial Inquisitions: Prosecutors and Informants from Tiberius to Domitian [hereinafter "Imperial Inquisitions"] (Taylor & Francis, 2002), 9 (stating, "The word delator comes from the phrase nomen deferre, meaning either to lay information or to accuse, since the individual who initially denounced another individual before a magistrate could also be the one who conducted the prosecution.
93) Yet another delator remarked rather disarmingly that he had adopted Judaism, not because any "Judaizer" had threatened to harm or kill him, but because the alternative was to remain socially and economically isolated--"alone" and "without anyone"--among the expatriates.