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There was one that died greatly in debt: Well, says DECAGYNIA, from oura, ten, and yurn, a obe, if he be gone, then he hath carried five hundred
woman, an order in the class decardria, consistducats of mine with him into the other world.
ing of plants, whose flowers are furnished with
Bacon's Apothegms. ten stamina, and the same number of styles. See Yoar son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt ; BOTANY. He only lived bat ull he was a man,
DECALOGUE, n. s. Gr. dexadoyos. The But like a man he died. Shakspeare. Macbeth.
ten commandments given by God to Moses. Which do amount to three odd ducats more
The commands of God are clearly revealed both in Than I stand debted to this gentleman. Shakspegre. the decalogue and other parts of sacred writ. Ill bring your latter hazard back again,
Hammond. And thankfully rest debtor for the first. 1. DECALOGUE, in theology, the ten commandLike to a merchant's debt-role new defac't,
ments, which were engraved by God on two
tables of stone. The Jews, by way of eminence, When some cracked manour crost his books at last Bp. Hall's Satires, iv. l.
call these commandments, after Deut. x. 4, the so this great loss a sea of tears is due ;
ten words, from whence they had afterwards the Put the whole debt not to be paid by you.
name of decalogue. The church of Rome has,
Waller. in some catechisms, united the second commandThe fashion of imperial grandeur is imitated by all ment, in an abridged form, with the first; and, inferior and subordinate sorts of it, as if it were a
to make their number complete, has divided the point of honour. They must be cheated of a third tenth into two. The reason is obvious. See part of their estates; two other thirds they must ex- Stillingfleet's Works, vol. vi. It should, in fairpend in vanity ; so that they remain debtors for all the ness, however, be added, that Jews, as well as necessary provisions of life, and have no way to sa- Christians, have divided the commandments diftisfy those debts, but out of the succours and supplies ferently of rapine.
Cowley. DEČA MP, v. n. 1. Fr. decamper. To shift Swift, a thousand pounds in debt,
Deca'mPMENT, n. s. ) the camp; to move off. Takes horse, and in a mighty fret
The act of shifting the camp. Rides day and night.
Swift. The king of Portugal would decamp on the twentyAn atheist is but a mad ridiculous derider of piety;
fourth in order to march upon the enemy.
Tatler. lat a hypocrite makes a sober jest of God and reli
DECA'NT, v. a. Fr. decanter ; Lat. degion; he finds it easier to be upon his knees than to Deca'nter, n. . -canto. To pour off gently rise to a good action : like an impuden• debtor, who
Decantation. S by inclination. A decanter goes every day to talk familiarly to his creditor, with- is a vessel made for receiving wine perfectly eat ever paying what he owes.
Pope. clear. When I look upon the debtor side, I find such in Take aqua fortis and dissolve it in ordinary coined numerable articles, that I want arithmetick to cast. ilver, and pour the coloured solution into twelve them ap: but when I look upon the creditor side, I times as much fair water, and then decant or filtrate find little more than blank paper.
Addison. the mixture, that it may be very clear. Boyle. If he his ample palm
They attend him daily as their chief, Could haply on ill-fated shoulder lay
Decant his wine, and carve his beef. Swift. Of debtor, strait his body, to the touch
DECANUS, in Roman antiquity, an officer Obsequions, as whilom knights were wont, To some enchanted castle is conveyed. Philips.
who presided over the ten officers, and was head
of the contubernium, or serjeant of a file of Let him who sleeps too much, borrow the pillow of soldiers.
A Spanish Proverb, quoted by Johnson. DECA'PITATE, v. a. Lat. decapito. To DEBT, National. See Funds, and Na. DECAPITATION. N. S. behead. A beheadTIONAL DEBT.
ing, or DECOLLATION, which see. DEBULLITION, n. S. Lat. debullitio. A DECAPOLIS, in ancient geography, a disbubbling or seething over.
trict beyond Jordan, almost wholly belonging to DECACUʻMINATED, adj. Lat. decacumi the half tribe of Manasseh ; before the captivity, natus. Having the top cut off.
called Bethsan; but after, occupied by heathens. DECADE, 7. $. ? Gr. Oekas; Lat. decas. It comprises, as the name denotes, ten principal DECAGOX. n. S. j The sum of ten; a num
cities on the other side of the Jordan, except ber containing ten. A decagon (adding ywvia, Scythopolis, which stood on this side, but its a comer), is a figure in plane geometry, contain- territory lay on the other. ing ten sides and angles.
DEČAPROTI, DECEMPRIMI, in Roman anMen were not only out in the number of some
tiquity, officers for gathering the taxes. The dedays, the latitude of a few years, but might be wide caproti were also obliged to pay for the dead, or by wbole olympiads, and divers decades of years.
to answer to the emperor, for the quota parts of
such as died out of their own estates. Browne's Vulgar Errours. We make cycles and periods of years; as, decades
DECASPERMUM, in botany, a genus of the centuries, and chiliads, chiefly for the use of compu
monogynia order and icosandria class of plants: tations in history, chronology, and astronomy.
CAL. perianth turbinated, quinquefid at the apex: Holder on Time.
cor. five roundish petals. The stamina are All ranked by ten; whole decades, when they dine, many filiform filaments, a little shorter than the Must want a Trojan slave to pour the wine.
: PERICARP. is a dry, globular, decemlo
cular berry, with solitary egg-shaped seeds. DECADENCY, n. s. Fr. decadence. Decay ; DECASTYLE, in the ancient architecture, a fall. See DECAY.
building, with an ordnance of ten columns in front, as the temple of Jupiter Olympius was.
DECA'Y, v. a., & n. & n. s. 1 Fr. decheoir ; pore kingdom; the Kootub Shahy, or Golconda , DECAYER, n. s.
S from Lat. de the Nizam Shahy, or Ahmednagur; the Umand cado. To impair; to make less in value; to maud Shahy, or Berar; the Beered Shahy, or decline; to lose excellence; to be impaired. Beeder.
And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in During the reign of Aurungzebe, all these decay with thee, then thou shalt relieve him. states were reduced, and the Deccan again an
Lerit. xxv. 35. nexed to the kingdom of Delhi. It was then Cut off a stock of a tree, and lay that which you divided into six governments, viz. Khandesh, cut off to putrefy, to see whether it will decay the rest Ahmednagur, Beeder, Golconda, Bejapore, and of the stock.
Berar. In subsequent reigns, these governments Infirmity, that decays the wise, doth ever take came under the superintendance of the Nizam, better the fool.
Shakspeare. who, taking advantage of the weak state of the I am the very man
court of Delhi, after the Persian invasion in That, from your first of difference and decay,
1739, threw off his allegiance, became indepenHave followed your sad steps. Id. King Lear.
dent, and fixed his court at Hyderabad. The Your water is a sore decayer of your whorson dead Mahrattas, however, were now rising into power, body.
Id. Hamlet. She has been a fine lady, and paints and hides
and the nizam was obliged to cede to them the Her decays very well.
territorities now constituting the dominions of
the peishwa. And those decays, to speak the naked truth, Through the defects of age, we crimes of youth. DECEASE, v. n. & n. s. Lat. decedo, decessus,
Denham. from de and cado, to fall. To die; to quit life : He was of a very small and decayed fortune, and death. of no good education.
He tells us Arthur is deceased to-night. In Spain our springs, like old men's children, be
Shakspeare. Decayed and withered from their infancy. Dryden. Lands arc by human law, in some places, after the The monarch oak,
owner's decease, divided unto all his children; in Three centuries he grows, and three he stays some, all descendeth to the eldest son. Hooker. Supreme in state, and in three more decays.
You shall die
Dryden. Twice now, where others, that mortality By reason of the tenacity of Auids, and attrition of In her fair arms holds, shall but once decease. their parts, and the weakness of elasticity in solids,
Chapman. motion is much more apt to be lost than got, and is His latest victories still thickest came, always upon the decay.
As, near the centre, motion doth increase; Each may feel increases and decays,
Till he, pressed down by bis own weighty name, And see now clearer and now darker days. Pope. Did, like the vestal, under spoils decease. Dryden. Now kindred merit fills the sable bier,
DECEIT, n. s. Old Fr. decepte ; Lat. Now lacerated friendship claims a tear;
deceptus; of de and Year chases year, decay pursues decay,
DECEIT'FULLY, adv. capio, cuptus, to take. Still drops, some joy from withering life away.
DECEIT'FULNESS, n. s. A taking by fraud; a Johnson. Vanity of Human Wishes.
fallacy; a cheat: deceitful is, fraudulent in any Alas! the lofty city! and alas ! The trebly hundred triumphs! and the day
degree: deceitfulness, tendency to deceive. When Brutus made the dagger's edge surpass
My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue The conqueror's sword in bearing fame away! utter deceit.
Job xxvij. 4. Alas, for Tully's voice, and Virgil's lay,
The care of this world, and the deceitfulness of And Livy's pictured page but these shall be riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Her resurrection; all beside-decay. Byron
Matt. xii. 22. DECCAN, or the Country of the South, an
His demand extensive region of Hindostan, bounded on the Springs not from Edward's well-meant honest love, north by the Narbuddah, and on the south by the But from deceit, bred by necessity. Shukspeare. Krishna, or Kistnah river, extending across the
I grant him bloody, peninsula from sea to sea. It was possessed, Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful. in former times, by the rajah of Telingana, and Exercise of form may be deceitfully dispatched of the Hindoo princes, and first invaded by the course.
Wotton. Mahommedans in 1293. They plundered the Those, which are plain-hearted in themselves, are city of Deoghir, now called Dowlatabad, and the the bitterest enemies to deceit in others. Tagara of Ptolemy. In the year 1306 the city
Bp. Hall's Contemplations. and fortress were taken, and the rajah, Ram Deo, Outward appearances are deceitful guides to our carried to Delhi. In 1323, Warunkul, the ca- judgment, or affections. pital of Telingana, was also taken by the Ma The lovely young Lavinia once had friends, hommedans, and the Hindoo dynasty overthrown. And fortune smiled, deceitfull on her birth. For some time the Deccan remained subject to
Thomson. Delhi, till the governor having rebelled, laid the Human nature is the same now as it was then : the foundation of an independent state, under the heart as deceitful: and the necessity of watching, title of the Bhamenee sultans, whose capital was knowing, and keeping it, the same.
Mason, Kalberga; this was in 1347. The Bhamenee
He, who still expects deceit, dynasty, consisting of fourteen persons, conti Only teaches how to cheat. Johnson's Poems, nued till the year 1518. On the dissolution of
A true artist should put a generous deceit on the this empire, the Deccan was subdivided into the spectators, and effect the noblest designs by easy me. five following states : the Adil Shahy, or Beja. thods.
DECEIVE', v. a. French, decevoir ; hearts deceive us : and, of all impostures, self-deception
de and capio.
Decert. To de I have not loved the world, nor the world me; DECEIV'ING. mart. lude, cheat, deprive But let us part fair foes : I do believe, by fraud; hence to mislead, guide into error, . Though I have found them not, that there may be whetber by design or otherwise. Deceivable is
Words which are things,-hopes which will not de
•ceive, used both for fraudulent, and for being liable
And virtues which are merciful, nor weave or particularly exposed to fraud. Deceivable
Snares for the failing.
Byron. ness also expresses both artfulness, and a liable. ness to be deceived.
DECE’MBER, n. s. Lat. december. The last
month of the year, named december, or the For synne through occasioun taken bi the commaandement disseyuyde me, and bi that it slough nie.
tenth month, when the year began in March. Wiclif. Romayns vii.
What should we speak of Be not boran aboute with ech wynd of techyng in When we are old as you ? When we shall hear the weirarddesse of men in sutil witt to the disseyu. The rain and wind beat dark December. Shakspeare. yra of errow.
Id. Effesies 4. With all deceivableness of unrighteousness
Men are April when they woo, and December when 2 Tim. ii. 10. they wed.
Id. As You Like It. Sporting themselves with their own deceivings,
DECEMBER is the month wherein the sun enwhile they feast with you.
2 Pet. ii. 13. It is no wonder thing though it be so ;
ters the tropic' of Capricorn, and makes the A lousy jogeloar can deceiven thee,
winter solstice. Among the ancient Romans, And parde yet can I more craft than he.
December was under the protection of Vesta.
Chaucer. Cant. Tales. Romulus assigned it thirty days, Numa reduced Wine is to be forborne in consumptions, for that it to twenty-nine, which Julius Cæsar increased the spirits of the wine prey upon the viscid juice of to thirty-one. In the reign of Commodus this the body intercommon with the spirits of the body, month was called, by way of flattery, Amazonius, and so deceive and rob them of their nourishment. in honor of a courtezan, whom that prince pas
sionately loved, and had painted like an AmaIt is good to consider of deformity, not as a sign, zon; but this name died with that tyrant. At which is more deceivuble, but as a cause which seldom the end of December they had the juveniles faileth of the effect.
Id. As for Perkin's dismission out of France, they in the goddess Vacuna in the fields, having then
ludi; and the country people kept the feast of terpreted it not as if he were detected for a counterfeit deceitet.
gathered in their fruits, and sown their corn; Sigte no more, ladies, sigh no more ;
whence seems to be derived our popular festival Men were deceivers ever :
called harvest-home. One foot in sea, and one on shore;
DECEMPEDA, SIKatovs, from decem, ten, To one thing constant never. Shakspeare. and pes, a foot; ten-foet rod, an instrument They are worthy to be deceived that value things as used by the ancients in measuring. It was a they seem.
Bishop Hall. Contemplations. rule, or rod, divided into ten feet; the foot was He received nothing but fair promises, which subdivided into twelve inches, and each inch proved deceivable.
Hayward. into ten digits. The decempeda was used both O ever failing trust
in measuring land, like che chain among us; and la mortal strength! and oh, what not in man by architects, to give the proper dimensions and Deceitable and vain?
Milton. proportions to the parts of their buildings, which Man was not only deceivable in his integrity, but
use it still retains. the angels of light in all their clarity.
DECE’MPEDAL, adj. Lat. decempeda; from Broune's Vulgar Errours. Gr. deras. Ten feet in length. How happy he that loves not, lives!
DECEMVIRI, ten magistrates of absolute dim neither hope nor fear deceives
authority among the Romans. The privileges To fortune who no hostage gives.
of the patricians raised dissatisfaction among the They raised a feeble cry with treinbling notes, plebeians; who, though freed from the power of Bat the weak voice deceived their gasping throats. the Tarquins, still saw that the administration of
Dryden. Those voices, actions, or gestures, which men have their superiors ; and it was at length agreed,
justice depended upon the will and caprice of not by any compact agreed to make the instruments of that ten new magistrates, called "decemviri, conveying their thoughts one to another, are not the should be elected from the senate, to put the proper instruments of deceiving, so as to denominate the person using them a liar or deceiver. South.
project into execution. Their power was abso
lute, all other offices ceased after their election, Some bave been deceived into an opinion, that and they presided over the city with regal authothere was a divine right of primogeniture to both estate
rity. They were invested with the badges of Adieu the heart-expanding bowl,
the consul, in the enjoyment of which they sucAnd all the kind deceivers of the soul. Pope.
ceeded by turns; and only one was preceded by He that has a great patron, has the advai.tage of
the fasces, and had the power of assembling the his negligence and deceivableness.
senate, and confirming' decrees. The first deGovernment of the Tongue.
cemviri were, Appius Claudius, T. Genulius, By thus disguising our motives, we may impose P. Sextus, Sp. Veturius, C. Julius, A. Manlius, apa men; but at the same time we impose upon our
Ser. Sulpitius, Pluriatius, T. Romulus, and Sp. selves: and, whilst we are deceiving others, our own
Posthumius; A. U.C. 302. Under them the
iaws, which had been exposed to public view, Performed what friendship, justice, truth require , were publicly approved of as constitutional, and What could he more, but decently retire ? Swifi. ratified by the priests and augurs, in the most Were the offices of religion stript of all the external solemn manner. They were ten in number, and decencies of worship, they would not make a due inwere engraved on tables of brass; two were pression on the minds of those who assist at them. afterwards added, whence they were called the
Atterbury. laws of the twelve tables, leges XII tabularum, She speaks, behaves, and acts just as she ought; and leges decemvirales. The decemviral power, But never, never reached one generous thought; which was at first beheld hy all ranks of people Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour, with the greatest satisfaction, was continued ; but Content to dwell in decencies for ever.
Pope. in the third year after their creation, the decem Sentiments which raise laugbter, can very seldom vir became odious on account of their tyranny;
be admitted with any decency into an heroick poem.
Addison. and the attempt of Ap. Claudius to ravish Virginia totally abolished the office. Consuls were Give every bishop income enough, not for display again appointed, and tranquillity re-established of wordly pomp and fashionable luxury, but to enain the state. There were other officers in Rome ble him to maintain works of charity, and to make a
Bishop Watson. called decemviri, who were originally appointed decent provision for his family. in the absence of the prætor, to administer jus
DECE'NNIAL, adj. From Lat, decennium. tice. Their appointment became afterwards' ne- Continuing for the space of ten years. cessary, and they generally assisted at sales, DECENNALIA, ancient Roman festivals, called subhastationes, because a spear, hasta, was
celebrated by the emperors every tenth year of fixed at the door of the place where the goods their reign, with sacrifices, games, and largesses were exposed to sale. They were called decem- for the people. Augustus first instituted these viri litibus judicandis. The officers, whom Tar- solemnities, in which he was imitated by his sucquin appointed to guard the Sybilline books, cessors. were also called decemviri. They were ori
DECENNOʻVAL, adj. ? Lat. decem and ginally. two in number, called duumviri, till
Relating A.U.C. 388, when their number was increased to the number nineteen. to ten, five of whom were chosen from the ple Meton, of old, in the time of the Peloponnesian beians and five from the patricians. Sylla in war, constituted a decennoval circle, or of nineteen creased their number to fifteen, hence called years; the same which we now call the goldeu numquindecemvirs.
Holder. DEʻCENCE, or Fr. decence ; Lat. de
Seven months are retrenched in this whole decenDE'CENCY, n. s.
cet, it becometh. Pro novary progress of the epacts, to reduce the accounts De'cent, adj.
of her motion and place to those of the sun.
Id. priety of form or manDe'cently. adv. ner, principally the lat
DECEPTION. n. s. From Lat. deceptio. ter; modesty. Decent is, becoming ; fit; suit DECEPTIBI'LITY,
See Deceit. Fraud; able; and hence sometimes applied to that
the act or means of which is grave or formal.
DECE'PTIOUS, fraud. Deceptibility, Come, pensive nun, devout and pure,
and deceptible, ex
DECE'PTORY. Sober, stedfast, and demure,
press a liableness to All in a robe of darkest grain
imposture; deceptious and deceptive, the power Flowing with majestick train,
or design of deceiving. Deceptory, says Dr. And sable stole of Cyprus lawn
Johnson, is, containing means of deceit. O'er the decent shoulders drawn. Milton.
Yet there is a credence in my heart, Those thousand decencies that daily flow
That doth invert the' attest of eyes and ears ;
Id. As if thosc organs had deceptious functions,
Shakspeare. They could not decently refuse assistance to a person, who had punished those who had insulted their
Reason, not impossibly, may meet relation.
Milton. And must I own, she said, my secret smart,
And fall into deception unaware. What with more decence were in silence kept ?
The first and father cause of common errour, is the
Dryden. common infirmity of human nature ; of whose decepSince there must be ornaments both in painting tible condition, perhaps, there should not need any and poetry, if they are not necessary, they must other eviction, than the frequent errours we shall at least be decent ; that is, in their due place, and but ourselves commit.
Brouone. moderately used.
Id. Being thus divided from truth in themselves, they , Past hope of safety, 'twas his latest care,
are yet farther removed by advenient deception. Id. Like falling Cæsar, decently to die.
All deception is a misapplying of those signs, which, The consideration immediately subsequent to the by compact or institution, were made the means of being of a thing, is what agrees or disagrees with that men's signifying or conveying their thoughts. thing; what is suitable or unsuitable to it; and from
Soruth. this springs the notion of decency of indecency, that Some errours are so fleshed in us, that they mainwhich becomes or misbecomes. South. tain their interest upon the deceptibility of our decayed
Glanville. In good works there may be goodness in the general : but decence and gracefulness can be only in the DECEʻRPT, adj. Lat. decerptus. Cropparticulars in doing the good.
Sprat. DECEʻRPTIBLE, adj. ped; taken off. That Immodest words admit of no defence;
DECE'RPTION, n. s. which may be, or is For want of decency is want of sense.
Roscommon. taken off; the act of taking off.
If our souls are decerptions of our parents, then I DECIDUOUS, adj. 1 Lat, deciduus. Fallmust have been guilty of all the sins that ever were Deci'dUOUSNESS, n. S. Sing ; not perennial ; connitted by my progenitors ever since Adam. not lasting through the year.
In botany, the perianthium, or calyx, is deciduous, DECERTATION, n. s. Lat: decertatio. A with the flower.
Quincy. contention ; a striving; a dispute.
DECIL, in astronomy, an aspect or position DECESSION, n. s. Lat. decessio. A de- of two planets, when they are distant from each parture; a going away.
other a tenth part of the zodiac. DECHARM, v. a. Fr. decharmer. To coun DEʻCIMAL, adj. Lat. decimus. Numbered teract a charm; to disenchant.
or multiplied by ten. Notwithstanding the help of physick, he was sud In the way we take now to name numbers by mildenly cared by decharming the witchcraft. Harvey.
lions of millions of millions, it is hard to go beyond DECI’DE, v. a. & v. n.)
eighteen, or, at most, four-and-twenty decimal proFr. decider ; Ital. gressions, without confusion.
Locke. DECIDEDLY, adv. i decidere ; Lat. deciDeci’DER, 1. s. do, from de and cæ
DECIMAL ARITHMETIC, the art of computing Decis'iox, do, or scindo. To cut by decimal fractions.
See ARITHMETIC, Index. Decis'ive, adj. short a controversy, DECIMATE, v. a.?
Lat. decimus. To Decis'Ively, adv. says Minsheu. To
Decima'tion, n. s. Stithe; to take the tenth ; DECIS'IVENESS, 1. s. fix an event or is- a tithing; a selection by lot of every tenth solDECIS'ORY.
sue; to determine. dier, in a general mutiny, for punishment. A decider is a judge of controverted matters. By decimation and a tithed death, Decision, the act or habit of determining, and Take thou the destined tenth. Shakspeare. sometimes of determining promptly. Decisory, A decimation 1 will strictly make able to determine.
Of all who my Charinus did forsake ;
And of each legion each centurion shall die. That will with due decision make us know
Dryden. Wbat ve shall say we bave, and what we owe. DECIMATION was a punishment inflicted by
Shakspeare. the ancient Romans, on such soldiers as quitted Pleasure and revenge
their posts, or behaved themselves cowardly in Have ears more deaf than adders to the voice the field. The names of the guilty were put into Of any true decision,
an urn, or helmet, and as many were drawn out The day approached, when fortune should decide
as made the tenth part of the whole number, The important enterprise, and give the bride.
and those were put to the sword, and the others Dryden.
saved. The ancient Roman militia, to punish Their arms are to the last decision bent, And fortune labours with the vast event. Id.
whole legions when they had failed in their duty,
made the soldiers draw lots, and put every tenth In council oft, and oft in battle tried, Betwixt thy master and the world decide. man to death for an example. The Romans
Granville. had also the vicesimatio, and even centisimatio, The man is no ill decider in common cases of pro- when only the twentieth or hundredth man sufperty, where party is out of the question. Swift. fered by lot. Such a reflection, though it carries nothing per
DEČI’PHER, v. a.
Pr. dechiffrer, from de fectly decuiee in it, yet creates a mighty confidence in and cipher. See Cipher. To explain that kis tireast, and strengthens him much in his opinion. which is written in ciphers; hence to unfold;
Atterbury. to explain; to write out. War is a direct appeal to God for the decision of
Zelmane, that had the same character in her heart, sotne dispute, which can by no other means be de- could easily decipher it.
Assurance is writ in a private character, not to be Who shall decide, when doctors disagree,
read, nor understood, but by the conscience, to which And soundest casuists doubt ?
the Spirit of God has vouchsafed to decipher it. I cannot think that a jester or a monkey, a droll
South. or a pappet, can be proper judges or deciders of con Could I give you a lively representation of guilt
Watts. and horrour on this hand, and point out eternal wrath For on the event,
and decipher eternal vengeance on the other, then Decisite of this bloody day, depends
might I shew you the condition of a sinner hearing The fate of kingdoms. Philips. himself denied by Christ.
Id. I never troubled myself with answering any argu
Then were laws of necessity invented, that so every Dents which the opponents in the divinity-schools particular subject might find bis principal pleasure brought against the articles of the church, nor ever deciphered unto him, in the tables of his laws. admitted their authority as decisive of a difficulty ; but
Locke. I used on such occasions to say to them, holding the DECIPHERING, the art of reading or explainNew Testament in my hand, - En sacrum codicem! ing ciphers. See Ciruer.
DECIUS (Cn. Metius), a native of Pannonia, . DECIDENCE, n. s. Lat. decidentia. The sent by the emperor Philip, to appease a sedition quality of being shed, or of falling away; the in Mæsia. Instead of obeying his master's com
mand, he assumed the imperial purple, and Men observing the decidence of their horn, do fall soon after marched against him, and, at his upon the conceit that it annually rotteth away, and death, became the only emperor. He signalised successively reneweth again.
himself against the Persians; but when he Browne's Vulgar Ertours. marched against the Goths, he pushed his horse Vol. VII.
act of falling away.