1275–1325; Middle English alleg
probably < Old French aleguer
(< Medieval Latin, Latin allēgāre
to adduce in support of a plea; see allegation
), conflated with Anglo-French, Old French aleg
to justify, free, literally, to lighten (< Late Latin alleviāre;
); homonymous Middle English
with literal sense of Old French aleg
replaced by allay
in 16th cent.
allegeable, adjectivealleger, nounmisallege, verb (used with object), misalleged, misalleging.preallege, verb (used with object), prealleged, prealleging.reallege, verb (used with object), realleged, realleging.
Can be confused
, allege, charge
state, asseverate, aver. 3.