allege /əˈlɛdʒ/


I. verb [ reporting verb]

1. claim or assert that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically without proof

[with clause]

he alleged that he had been assaulted
[with obj. and infinitive]
he is alleged to have assaulted five men.
– origin Middle English (in the sense ‘declare on oath’): from Old French esligier, based on Latin lis, lit- ‘lawsuit’; confused in sense with Latin allegare ‘allege’.

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