allege

[uh-lej]
verb (used with object), alleged, alleging.
1.
to assert without proof.
2.
to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert: to allege a fact.
3.
to declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath.
4.
to plead in support of; offer as a reason or excuse.
5.
Archaic. to cite or quote in confirmation.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English alleg(g)en, probably < Old French aleguer (< Medieval Latin, Latin allēgāre to adduce in support of a plea; see allegation), conflated with Anglo-French, Old French aleg(i)er to justify, free, literally, to lighten (< Late Latin alleviāre; see alleviate); homonymous Middle English v. alleg(g)en, with literal sense of Old French aleg(i)er, replaced by allay in 16th cent.

allegeable, adjective
alleger, noun
misallege, verb (used with object), misalleged, misalleging.
preallege, verb (used with object), prealleged, prealleging.
reallege, verb (used with object), realleged, realleging.

accuse, allege, charge.


1. See maintain. 2. state, asseverate, aver. 3. attest.


2. deny.
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allege (əˈlɛdʒ)
 
vb
1.  to declare in or as if in a court of law; state without or before proof: he alleged malpractice
2.  to put forward (an argument or plea) for or against an accusation, claim, etc
3.  archaic to cite or quote, as to confirm
 
[C14 aleggen, ultimately from Latin allēgāre to dispatch on a mission, from lēx law]

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allege
c.1300; it has the form of one O.Fr. verb and the meaning of another. The form is Anglo-Fr. aleger, from O.Fr. eslegier "to clear at law," from L. ex- "out of" and litigare "bring suit" (see litigate), but eslegier meant "acquit, clear of charges in a lawsuit." It somehow
acquired the meaning of Fr. alléguer, from L. allegare "send for, to bring forth, name, produce in evidence," from ad- "to" + legare "to depute, send" (see legate).
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Example sentences
Most of the loudest claims are con, alleging unjustifiable strain on our public
  services.
The saint begged to be excused, alleging that he had been only used to wash the
  dishes in the kitchen, and to sweep the house.
Five priests with some of the people opposed his election, alleging that he was
  yet a novice in the church.
Alleging thanks is simply my little way of saying good job for a special
  resource.
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