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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
SCOOP: Source: The ousted State Department inspector general had recently wrapped up a probe into another top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, determining that she had likely failed to report allegations of workplace violence. https://t.co/McFY7wK1d8
— Nahal Toosi (@nahaltoosi) May 20, 2020
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Which of the following words is LEAST likely to be used to describe the action about which an allegation was made?
Example sentences from the Web for allegation
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
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
In its motion to dismiss, UMass denied this allegation, and Haidak refuted the school's claim in his opposition to the motion.Is UMass-Amherst Biased Against Male Students in Title IX Assault Cases?|Emily Shire|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Persian premier at last made the allegation to Mr. Murray himself, in a despatch.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
Now let us see whether this commission supports the allegation of its being a commission from a private person.
In fact, any rational explanation would be impossible, for at every point the evidence refutes the allegation.The Real Jefferson Davis|Landon Knight
I have yet heard no allegation that the eye catches any but the gathering positions of the horse's gallop.Patroclus and Penelope|Theodore Ayrault Dodge
With regard to Cicero the allegation is that he would not be allowed to be bribed to accuse Cæsar, and thus incur danger.The Life of Cicero|Anthony Trollope