from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of asseverating; positive affirmation or assertion; solemn declaration.
  • noun That which is asseverated; an emphatic assertion.

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

  • noun The act of asseverating, or that which is asseverated; positive affirmation or assertion; solemn declaration.

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

  • noun An earnest affirmation or declaration of support.

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

  • noun a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)


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From Latin assevērātiō, from assevērō.


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  • With this solemn asseveration, which is not lightly made, but which is the result of sixty years 'experience, I leave you.

    The Pilot James Fenimore Cooper 1820

  • It is not expedient to burden this preliminary to my story with further details, which I do make asseveration I possess a-plenty.


  • For it is I think that gives the asseveration such grace and dignity, so that a small but not insignificant wrong is done when (on a couple of occasions in Posthumous Keats) his precisely guarded hope is indurated into "his statement to his brother George, in 1818, that he would be among the English poets after his death," within "a future that meant to place him 'among the English poets.'"

    Keats's Afterlife Ricks, Christopher 2009

  • Its essence is an asseveration that the physical constants must have values within extremely narrow limits in order for life to exist.

    The Panda's Thumb: Mark Perakh Archives 2009

  • A friar was seated in the same car with the murderer, to whom he did not hesitate to repeat, under the seal of confession, the same false asseveration which he had made upon the place of combat, which charged the

    The Fair Maid of Perth 2008

  • The oath of one of the initiated must counterbalance the most solemn asseveration of every one that is not acquainted with our holy secrets.

    Anne of Geierstein 2008

  • The oath they bound themselves by consisted of a simple asseveration: “We will remember past offences no more;” and to this day125 the two parties live amicably together as good citizens, and the democracy is steadfast to its oaths.

    Hellenica 2007

  • On all such occasions, Mr. Grimwig plants, fishes, and carpenters, with great ardour; doing everything in a very singular and unprecedented manner, but always maintaining with his favourite asseveration, that his mode is the right one.

    Oliver Twist 2007

  • A fly was speedily found; and three donkeys — which the proprietor declared on his solemn asseveration to be ‘three parts blood, and the other corn’ — were engaged in the service.

    Sketches by Boz 2007

  • But pray, Mr. Lovelace, do you mean any thing at all, when you swear so often as you do, By your soul, or bind an asseveration with the words, As you hope to be saved?

    Clarissa Harlowe 2006


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