allege

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v allege report or maintain "He alleged that he was the victim of a crime","He said it was too late to intervene in the war","The registrar says that I owe the school money"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Catholic Popes who died during sex: Leo VII (936-9) died of a heart attack, John VII (955-64) was bludgeoned to death by the husband of the woman he was with at the time, John XIII (965-72) was also murdered by a jealous husband, Pope Paul II (1467-71) allegedly died while being sodomized by a page boy.
    • v. t Allege To alleviate; to lighten, as a burden or a trouble.
    • Allege To bring forward with positiveness; to declare; to affirm; to assert; as, to allege a fact.
    • Allege To cite or quote; as, to allege the authority of a judge.
    • Allege To produce or urge as a reason, plea, or excuse; as, he refused to lend, alleging a resolution against lending.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pope Leo VII (936-9) died of a heart attack during sex, Pope John VII (955-64) and John XIII (965-72) were bludgeoned to death by the husband of the woman he was with at the time, and Pope Paul II (1467-71) allegedly died while being sodomized by a page boy.
    • allege To declare before a court; plead at law; hence, in general, to produce as an argument, plea, or excuse; cite or quote in confirmation: as, to allege exculpatory facts; to allege the authority of a court.
    • allege To pronounce with positiveness; declare; affirm; assert: as, to allege a fact.
    • allege Synonyms Adduce, Allege, Assign, etc. (see adduce), bring forward, aver, asseverate, maintain, say, insist, plead, produce, cite.
    • allege To alleviate; lighten; mitigate; allay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Allege al-lej′ to produce as an argument or plea: to assert:
    • v.t Allege al-lej′ to produce as an argument or plea: to assert: (B.) to give proofs—n. Allegā′tion, an assertion
    • v.t Allege al-lej′ (B.) to give proofs—n. Allegā′tion, an assertion
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aleggen, to bring forward as evidence, OF. esligier, to buy, prop. to free from legal difficulties, fr. an assumed LL. exlitigare,; L. ex, + litigare, to quarrel, sue (see Litigate). The word was confused with L. allegare,see Allegation), and lex, law. Cf. Allay
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through O. Fr. forms from Low L. ex-litigāre, to clear at law. See Allay above.

Usage

In literature:

Of the alleged reactionism of the Government parties there was widespread complaint.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
Among other items in her repertoire of alleged happenings in Russia at this period was one that certainly takes a good deal of swallowing.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
In noticing the solitary meal of the Maldivian islander, another reason may be alleged for this misanthropical repast.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
St. Augustine alleges that he was exposed, and found in a temple dedicated to Minerva and Vulcan.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
These peculiarities were strange and unpleasing; but another was alleged, one really incomprehensible.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
We do not know who translated the alleged protocols, nor in what language they were written.
"The Jew and American Ideals" by John Spargo
Now let these remarks be kept in mind while I go on to describe the alleged occurrence which has led to them.
"Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)" by John Henry Newman
Several of the epidemics of alleged smallpox that have occurred among Indians and other savage tribes are now known to have been only measles.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
What answer could she allege?
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
Four alleged deserters were found and taken away, three of whom subsequently were proved to be American citizens.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
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In poetry:

Was he born of woman, this alleged De Sauty?
Or a living product of galvanic action,
Like the acarus bred in Crosse's flint-solution?
Speak, thou Cyano-Rhinal!
"De Sauty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
My harp soon ceases; but I here allege
Its strings are in my heart and tremble there:
My Song's last strain shall be a claim and pledge--
A claim, a pledge, a prayer!
"Arms And The Man - The Flag Of The Republic" by James Barron Hope
She "softly added"; "she alleged";
He "consciously invited";
She "then corrected"; William "hedged";
She "prettily recited";
She "nodded," "stormed," and "acquiesced";
He "promised," "hastened," and "confessed."
"Monotonous Variety" by Franklin Pierce Adams
"Now, to put the matter plainly, I've no wish to twist or hedge,
And I'm quite prepared to stand to all the things that I allege.
I aspire to serve Australia in the Big Affairs of State:
To that aim all local interests gladly I'll subordinate.
"The Candid Candidate" by C J Dennis
I have rights of chase and warren, as my dignity requires.
I can fish-but Hobden tickles—I can shoot—but Hobden wires.
I repair, but he reopens, certain gaps which, men allege,
Have been used by every Hobden since a Hobden swapped a hedge.
"The Land" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly attacked a North Park couple with a pole, hitting them several times Wednesday evening.
MONTGOMERY — A man who allegedly stabbed his Montgomery Township roommate with a broken beer bottle in 2008 and then fled the scene in a landscaping truck has been captured in Texas, officials said Monday.
A coalition of Quebec organizations is demanding a public inquiry into alleged police brutality during the province's recent student protests.
Officials expected outrage after the alleged massacre of 16 civilians by an American soldier, and now they're starting to see it.
Chevonne Thomas allegedly decapitated her 2-year-old son before fatally stabbing herself in her Camden, N.J.
The dean of UC Berkeley's law school said Monday he was "extremely troubled" by the arrest of two law students who allegedly beheaded an exotic bird in Las Vegas.
Pagdilao said Saturday that Pasihul allegedly also was involved in a mass kidnapping of students and teachers in Basilan.
American David Hartley was allegedly killed on the lake by pirates linked to a drug cartel, and a Mexican investigator looking into the case has been beheaded .
This English translation of the alleged Norway shooter's posts on a Norwegian website suggests he was obsessed with the impact of Islam on Norwegian society.
A Victor man faces charges of harrassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after Ontario County deputies say he allegedly spit on a Salvation Army bell ringer .
A Victor man faces charges of harrassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after Ontario County deputies say he allegedly spit on a Salvation Army bell ringer.
A bellhop was arrested at the swank Bowery Hotel Wednesday evening, after the porter allegedly sold pot to a few undercover cops at the hotel.
Police located the 2006 black Maserati belonging to Arnoldo Jimenez last week, who is wanted for allegedly killing Estrella Carrera just hours after their spring wedding, CBS Chicago reports.
Withheld Plaintiff alleged earlier delivery would have prevented injuries.
A wild melee broke out at Webster Hall Friday, when a former member of the hardcore band the Cro-Mags allegedly stabbed current members in the VIP room before the show, law enforcement sources said.
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In science:

Rotation also introduces a large scatter in the mass–luminosity relation: at the same log geff and log Teff , differences of masses by 30 % may easily occur, thus explaining what still remains of the alleged mass discrepancy.
Stellar Evolution with Rotation V: Changes in all the Outputs of Massive Star Models
It is more difficult to reproduce this alleged correlation for long outbursts, since their duration is quite sensitive to ˙M2 , whose variation with the orbital period is not really known.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
The reason was that their alleged ‘exponential’ slopes were not a “natural” outcome of DIM calculations.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
Correcting for these effects eliminates alleged problems for the OPE in describing different data and rather leads to a too good agreement between the data on different types of inclusive decays.
On Extracting Heavy Quark Parameters from Moments with Cuts
The failure is concealed behind the assertion that there are loopholes in the performed tests of Bell´s inequalities, due to (allegedly unimportant) nonidealities of the measuring devices.
Optical tests of Bell's inequalities not resting upon the absurd fair sampling assumption
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