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noun [countable] [often plural] allegation pronunciation in American English /ˌæləˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved
    allegation of:

    allegations of fraud and corruption

    allegation that:

    There were allegations that the movie encouraged violence.

    make allegations against/about someone:

    I hear you’ve been making allegations against your ex-wife.

    deny allegations (=say they are not true):

    She denied the latest allegations.

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