Let's Compare Accusation and Allegation


Accusation can refer to:

accusation n 1: a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt [syn: {accusal}] 2: an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence; "the newspaper published charges that Jones was guilty of drunken driving" [syn: {charge}]

Accusation \Ac`cu*sa"tion\, n. [OF. acusation, F. accusation, L. accusatio, fr. accusare. See {Accuse}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of accusing or charging with a crime or with a lighter offense. [1913 Webster] We come not by the way of accusation To taint that honor every good tongue blesses. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That of which one is accused; the charge of an offense or crime, or the declaration containing the charge. [1913 Webster] [They] set up over his head his accusation. --Matt. xxvii. 37. [1913 Webster] Syn: Impeachment; crimination; censure; charge. [1913 Webster]


An allegation (also called adduction) is a claim of a fact by a party in a pleading, which the party claims to be able to prove.

allegation n 1: (law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law); "an allegation of malpractice" 2: statements affirming or denying certain matters of fact that you are prepared to prove [syn: {allegement}]

112 Moby Thesaurus words for "allegation": Parthian shot, accusal, accusation, accusing, address, admission, affidavit, affirmance, affirmation, allegement, announcement, annunciation, answer, apostrophe, arraignment, assertion, asseveration, attest, attestation, averment, avouchment, avowal, bill, bill of complaint, bill of particulars, blame, bringing of charges, bringing to book, charge, claim, comment, complaint, compurgation, conclusion, count, crack, creed, declaration, delation, denouncement, denunciation, deposition, dictum, disclosure, enunciation, exclamation, expression, greeting, impeachment, implication, imputation, indictment, information, innuendo, insinuation, instrument in proof, interjection, ipse dixit, lawsuit, laying of charges, legal evidence, libel, manifesto, mention, narratio, nolle prosequi, nonsuit, note, observation, phrase, plaint, position, position paper, positive declaration, predicate, predication, proclamation, profession, pronouncement, proposition, prosecution, protest, protestation, question, reflection, remark, reproach, say, say-so, saying, sentence, stance, stand, statement, statement of facts, subjoinder, suit, sworn evidence, sworn statement, sworn testimony, taxing, testimonial, testimonium, testimony, thought, true bill, unspoken accusation, utterance, veiled accusation, vouch, witness, word

Allegation \Al`le*ga"tion\, n. [L. allegatio, fr. allegare, allegatum, to send a message, cite; later, to free by giving reasons; ad + legare to send, commission. Cf. {Allege} and {Adlegation}.] 1. The act of alleging or positively asserting. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is alleged, asserted, or declared; positive assertion; formal averment [1913 Webster] I thought their allegation but reasonable. --Steele. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) A statement by a party of what he undertakes to prove, -- usually applied to each separate averment; the charge or matter undertaken to be proved. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • accusation: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • accusation: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • allegation: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • allegation: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • allegation: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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