Definition of allegation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌaləˈɡāSH(ə)n/


A claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof: he made allegations of corruption against the administration allegations that the army was operating a shoot-to-kill policy
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  • The burden of proof in an allegation of undue influence rests upon the person who claims to have been wronged.
  • He said in the case of the association some people had been making allegations without proof.
  • Any allegation for nuisance is often met with a counter allegation which must also be investigated.
claim, assertion, charge, accusation, declaration, statement, contention, deposition, argument, affirmation, attestation, grievance
formal averment


Late Middle English: from Latin allegatio(n-), from allegare 'allege'.

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Syllabification: al·le·ga·tion

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