Gender Masculine
Usage History
Pronounced Pron. die-ə-KLEE-shən(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From the Roman cognomen Diocletianus, a derivative of Diokles. This was the name of a Roman emperor of the 3rd and 4th centuries (Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus). He is remembered for persecuting Christians, but he also reformed and stabilized the crumbling Empire.


Entry updated April 5, 2022