Origin of allegation
OTHER WORDS FROM allegationmis·al·le·ga·tion, nounnon·al·le·ga·tion, nounpre·al·le·ga·tion, nounre·al·le·ga·tion, noun
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What does allegation mean?
An allegation is an accusation or claim that something wrong has been done, especially a crime. The word often implies that the thing claimed has not been confirmed or proven or that the claim has been made without proof or before proof is available.
The word allegation is most commonly used in a legal context, especially in journalism in reports about a person who has been accused of a crime or other wrongdoing but who has not been convicted. Using the word allegation allows journalists to talk about accusations without seeming to presume guilt (and getting sued for libel).
Example: We will prove that the allegations against my client are absolutely baseless.
Where does allegation come from?
The first records of the word allegation come from around 1400. The verb allege is recorded around 1300 and ultimately comes from the Latin verb allēgāre, meaning “to dispatch on a mission” or “bring forward as evidence.” The leg part of allege and allegation comes from the root lēx-, which means “law” and forms the basis of words like legal.
Allegation is almost always used in a legal context. It’s typically used to refer to an accusation that has yet to be proved in a court of law. In many jurisdictions, the law states that a person is innocent until proven guilty. That means that if someone is accused of committing a crime—even if the whole thing was caught on video—they’re not considered guilty until they’re convicted by a jury. Until that happens, journalists use the word allegation to talk about what has been accused.
People who deny allegations against themselves often call them baseless—meaning they’re made up (which is itself an allegation).
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How is allegation used in real life?
Allegation is most commonly used in journalism in reports about crimes.
The Salvadoran girls were being deported from the US. The only relative who could take them in was related to sexual assault allegations against them. Stunning story by @lomikriel https://t.co/26aS63M9XG
— Mary Beth Sheridan (@marybsheridan) May 19, 2020
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 16, 2020
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— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) May 20, 2020
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How to use allegation in a sentence
They included allegations about supervisors and co-workers who grabbed women’s rear ends in freezers, pressed their genitalia against their bodies and demanded sex.Temp Workers Fight Back Against Alleged Sexual Harassment and Say They Face Retaliation for Doing So|by Melissa Sanchez|August 28, 2020|ProPublica
This weekend, the Union-Tribune reported the district attorney’s office was investigating allegations of embezzlement by Barrios, from a political club for which he served as treasurer.Morning Report: A Century of Single Family Home Supremacy|Voice of San Diego|August 27, 2020|Voice of San Diego
It is also unclear whether the bribery allegations by PG&E are connected to the home sale between their employee and Singh.The Mystery House: How a Suspicious Multimillion Dollar Real Estate Deal Is Connected to California’s Deadliest Fire|by Scott Morris, Bay City News Foundation|August 26, 2020|ProPublica
The allegations did not come up publicly during Clarkson’s confirmation hearings last year.Alaska’s Attorney General Resigns Hours After We Published “Uncomfortable” Texts He Sent to a Younger Colleague|by Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News|August 25, 2020|ProPublica
Most of the allegations were tied to executive producers and senior managers, including Glavin, Leman and Norman, BuzzFeed News said.3 ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ producers exit in the midst of workplace complaints|radmarya|August 18, 2020|Fortune
The allegation may or may not be true, but it is not implausible.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge|Creede Newton|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When asked about the rape allegation, Cosby—undoubtedly upon the advice of counsel—said nothing.
It took nearly 20 years between the first allegation and his ultimate removal.
The allegation concerns hydrocarbon releases from the wastewater system at the unloading facility.
This hardly seems to be an atmosphere that encourages a sexual assault victim to follow through with an allegation.Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College|Michael Daly|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I admit going to Thillot, but I deny your allegation," cried Paul in quick protest.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
No allegation against him had been made through the press, but the Times came to the rescue before the attack.The Boys of '61|Charles Carleton Coffin.
The allegation that the knowing is observed is that which may be denied.The Analysis of Mind|Bertrand Russell
Who can question the allegation that it is an immensely important national work?The Old Pike|Thomas B. Searight
Chronology must have forbidden James to attach weight to the latter allegation, if he had cared for it.Sir Walter Ralegh|William Stebbing