Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To declare seriously or positively; affirm.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb state categorically

Etymologies

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

[Latin assevērāre, assevērāt- : ad-, ad- + sevērus, serious; see segh- in Indo-European roots.]

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • “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

Comments

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  • AsseVERate

    April 24, 2008

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

    July 13, 2010