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See also: allégé and allège

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Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Old French alegier, from Latin alleviāre, present active infinitive of alleviō (lighten), from ad + levis (light). Doublet of alleviate.

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allege (third-person singular simple present alleges, present participle alleging, simple past and past participle alleged)

  1. (obsolete) To lighten, diminish.
    • 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], (please specify the book number), [London]: Enprynted and fynysshed in thabbey Westmestre [by William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur by Syr Thomas Malory; the Original Edition of William Caxton Now Reprinted and Edited with an Introduction and Glossary by H. Oskar Sommer, Ph.D.; with an Essay on Malory’s Prose Style by Andrew Lang, London: Published by David Nutt, in the Strand, 1889, OCLC 890162034:
      , Bk.V:
      and suffir never your soveraynté to be alledged with your subjects, nother the soveraygne of your persone and londys.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ii:
      Hart that is inly hurt, is greatly eased / With hope of thing, that may allegge his smart [].

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English aleggen, borrowed from Anglo-Norman aleger, the form from Old French esligier, from Medieval Latin *exlītigāre (to clear at law), from Latin ex (out) + lītigō (sue at law), the meaning from Old French alleguer, from Latin allēgāre, present active infinitive of allēgō (send, depute; relate, mention, adduce), from ad (to) + lēgō (send).

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allege (third-person singular simple present alleges, present participle alleging, simple past and past participle alleged)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To state under oath, to plead.
  2. (archaic) To cite or quote an author or his work for or against.
  3. (transitive) To adduce (something) as a reason, excuse, support etc.
  4. (transitive) To make a claim as justification or proof; to make an assertion without proof.
    The agency alleged my credit history had problems.
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