Latin dedecoratio.



  1. (obsolete) (Can we verify(+) this sense?) disgrace; dishonour.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bailey to this entry?)
  2. (rare) The removal of decoration.
    • 1845, William Simcox BRICKNELL, The Judgment of the Bishops Upon Tractarian Theology. A Complete Analytical Arrangement of the Charges Delivered by the Prelates of the Anglican Church, from 1837 to 1842 Inclusive; So Far as They Relate to the Tractarian Movement. With Notes and Appendices, page 625
      And it is, as I said, with unmingled satisfaction, that I find that no disposition has been evinced among us, to commit any of these irregular reappropriations; or to adopt any of these devices, novel or obsolete, for the decoration or dedecoration of sacred edifices, and those who minister in them.
    • 1856, William Conyngham PLUNKET (1st Baron Plunket.), John Cashel HOEY, Speeches at the Bar and in the Senate ... Edited, with a memoir and historical notices, by J. C. Hoey, page 261
      He was advised that it clearly might; that these mummers had no right to lay their hands on this public ornament, whether for the purpose of decoration or dedecoration
  3. (graph theory) Decimation (the elimination of points from a lattice); the inverse of decoration.
    Dedecoration did not produce any advantages in observing the size of the displacement of dislocations.
    Applying the star-triangle and dedecoration transformations []

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