alleged


alleged
alleged, allegedly
1. Alleged is pronounced as two syllables, and allegedly as four.
2. Their role is to distinguish an unproven accusation (i.e., an allegation) from a proven fact or event (the victim of the alleged fraud / their alleged attackers). The disclaiming qualification they provide is not needed in sentences in which the context already makes the situation clear:

• An Iraqi prisoner has described how he was [allegedly] subjected to vicious beatings —Independent, 2004.

The disclaimer would be needed were we to make the sentence a direct statement not attributed to the victim: An Iraqi prisoner was allegedly subjected to vicious beatings.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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