Definition of allegation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

allegation

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌæləˈɡeɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæləˈɡeɪʃn//
 
 
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a public statement that is made without giving proof, accusing somebody of doing something that is wrong or illegal synonym accusation to investigate/deny/withdraw an allegation allegation of something Several newspapers made allegations of corruption in the city's police department. allegation (of something) against somebody allegations of dishonesty against him allegation about somebody/something The committee has made serious allegations about interference in its work. allegation that… an allegation that he had been dishonest Synonymsclaimallegation assertionThese are all words for a statement that something is true, although it has not been proved.claim a statement that something is true, although it has not been proved.allegation (rather formal) a public statement that is made without giving proof, accusing somebody of doing something that is wrong or illegal.assertion (rather formal) a statement of something that you strongly believe to be true, although it has not been proved.claim or assertion? When the point in doubt is a matter of opinion, not fact, use assertion:She made sweeping claims about the role of women in society. When you are talking about a matter of fact you can use either word; an assertion may be slightly stronger than a claim and it is a more formal word.Patterns a(n) claim/​allegation/​assertion that… a(n) claim/​allegation/​assertion about/​of something false/​unfounded/​conflicting claims/​allegations/​assertions to make/​deny a(n) claim/​allegation/​assertion to withdraw a(n) claim/​allegation Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin allegatio(n-), from allegare ‘allege’.Extra examples He has resigned amid corruption allegations. He will need to counter allegations that he accepted money from criminals. I advise you to withdraw your allegation before I contact my lawyer. It took over two months to disprove the allegation. She refused to admit the allegations. The committee found no evidence to support allegations of smuggling. The defendants in the libel case maintain that their allegations are true. The governor of the prison is investigating allegations that a prisoner was attacked and beaten by a prison warden. The minister has the right to answer specific allegations. The sudden collapse of the business led to allegations of corrupt deals. There have been fresh allegations of atrocities. allegations about the president’s private life the school at the centre of these allegations He has made serious allegations against the company. They are investigating allegations that a prisoner was attacked by a warder.
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