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.
It was a simple proceeding in which the delator presented evidence proving that the treasonous act had been performed and that it was punishable.
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.