Definition of allegation in US English:



  • 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’
    • ‘He said in the case of the association some people had been making allegations without proof.’
    • ‘I know of several occasions when allegations in newspapers have been well wide of the mark.’
    • ‘His comments were ignored by the media as he did not have the proof to back up his allegations.’
    • ‘He once famously got an injunction banning anyone from repeating the allegation that he dyes his hair.’
    • ‘Details of the allegation have not been revealed but it is understood to have happened in a public area.’
    • ‘We totally reject the serious allegations and innuendos contained in the article.’
    • ‘The woman and her boyfriend refused to comment about the allegations in The Mail on Sunday.’
    • ‘Police investigated the allegation but found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.’
    • ‘I don't know the inside story on the allegations of racism that have been investigated.’
    • ‘The allegation was that he exceeded his powers by having the complainant's car towed away.’
    • ‘West Yorkshire Police said they have not been able to substantiate any of the allegations.’
    • ‘The Tory group has stressed that the allegations do not concern any illegal activities.’
    • ‘Any allegation for nuisance is often met with a counter allegation which must also be investigated.’
    • ‘Several allegations were investigated by police but no charges were ever brought.’
    • ‘It is evident there is no truth in the single allegation made against me.’
    • ‘It's been very hurtful, and no one has been prepared to put their names to these allegations.’
    • ‘We deny all the implied allegations and insinuations in the strongest possible terms.’
    • ‘The burden of proof in an allegation of undue influence rests upon the person who claims to have been wronged.’
    • ‘Of course there needs to be safeguards for teachers from false and malicious allegations.’
    • ‘He made no comment to the police but gave them a written statement denying the allegation.’
    claim, assertion, declaration, statement, proclamation, contention, argument, affirmation, averment, avowal, attestation, testimony, certification, evidence, witness, charge, accusation, suggestion, implication, hint, insinuation, indication, intimation, imputation, plea, pretence, profession
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Late Middle English: from Latin allegatio(n-), from allegare ‘allege’.