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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.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bailey to this entry?)
- Thou hellish Dog, Depart, or I will amand, ablegate, and send thee to some vast and horrid Desert." (R. Carpenter, Pragmatical Jesuit 64, c1660)
to send abroad
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.
representative of the pope in foreign countries