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Borrowed from French ablégate, from Latin ablēgātus, perfect passive participle of ablēgō (“I send off or away; banish”), from ab (“from, away from”) + lēgō (“I dispatch, send on a commission”). See legate.
- (obsolete) To send abroad.
- c. 1660, R. Carpenter, Pragmatical Jesuit 64:
- Thou hellish Dog, Depart, or I will amand, ablegate, and send thee to some vast and horrid Desert.
- 1795, Elisa Powell, Elisa Powell, or Trials of sensibility:
- The evil which you imav gine, therefore, is so far from being really felt, that we are now sufferers by the bad policy of our ancestors, in ablegating their poor to till the wilds of America; and maintaining them there at an enormous expence
- 1870, Samuel Klinefelter Hoshour, Letters to Squire Pedant: In the East:
- Couriers were ablegated from all points of the vicinage, to secure the adjuments of pharmacopolists, chirurgeons, and even of amethodists; but their prescriptions had no consimilitude.
ablegate (plural ablegates)
- (Roman Catholicism) A representative of the pope charged with important commissions in foreign countries, one of his duties being to bring to a newly named cardinal his insignia of office.
- (historical) An elected representative of a royal free city, charged to be a speaker at the Diet of Hungary and to express the opinion of the city.
representative of the pope in foreign countries