Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To declare seriously or positively; affirm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To declare earnestly, seriously, or positively; to affirm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To affirm or aver positively, or with solemnity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To affirm or aver positively, or with solemnity.
  • Synonyms Assert, Affirm, Declare, etc. (see assert); to say, allege, protest, insist, maintain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. state categorically

Etymologies

Latin assevērāre, assevērāt- : ad-, ad- + sevērus, serious.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • What I asseverate is, that his Excellency, having the same intercourse with his horse during his exercise, that he hath with his soldiers when training them, may form and break either to every feat of war which he chooses to practise, and accordingly that this noble charger is admirably managed.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • I was convinced and told the Prest. so that the reprieve wd. be taken as an implied promise of pardon or commutation, however strongly he might asseverate to the contrary.

    Hanging Captain Gordon

  • “And I presume you can also asseverate to his worship, that no man is better qualified than I am to bear testimony in this case, seeing that I was by you, and near you, constantly during the whole occurrence.”

    Rob Roy

  • “Upon — on — on — on my —” It was for the moment in vain that poor Mr Cradell endeavoured to asseverate his innocence, and to stake his honour upon his own purity as regarded Mrs Lupex.

    The Small House at Allington

  • Hugh began to asseverate that it was his business to help her through all money difficulties as well as others; but she soon stopped his eloquence.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • The tramp of their boots upon the dry road seemed to asseverate nothing, nothing, nothing.

    Night and Day, by Virginia Woolf

  • Even Mrs Walker and her daughter, and the Miss Prettymans, had so far given way that they had ceased to asseverate their belief in

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • I should not for instance have been able to asseverate to my friend that I was certain — which was so much to the good — that I at least had not betrayed myself.

    The Turn of the Screw

  • "He and Bertha Petterick are together, that is why he is so late," the fiend would asseverate.

    The Beth Book Being a Study of the Life of Elizabeth Caldwell Maclure, a Woman of Genius

  • That I am disposed and ready to support him to the best of my ability, as every gentleman around me is, in good faith and with kind feeling in all that he may desire that is consistent with my views of duty to the country, giving him credit for intentions as good as mine, and with ability far greater, I am ready to asseverate.

    History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States

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  • Exactly. Now that I know asseverate I don’t have to use aver all that much anymore. :-)

    July 13, 2010

  • AsseVERate

    April 24, 2008