asseveration

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin assevērātiō, from assevērō.

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /əˌsɛv.əˈɹeɪ.ʃən/, /æsˌɛv.əˈɹeɪ.ʃən/
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Noun[edit]

asseveration (countable and uncountable, plural asseverations)

  1. An earnest affirmation; a declaration of support.
    Synonyms: averment, avowal
    • 1697, Daniel Defoe, An Essay upon Projects, London: Thomas Cockerill, “Of Academies,” p. 240,[1]
      [] no man is believ’d a jot the more for all the Asseverations, Damnings and Swearings he makes:
    • 1779, David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, Part 12, p. 146,[2]
      Custom-house oaths and political oaths are but little regarded even by some who pretend to principles of honesty and religion: and a Quaker’s asseveration is with us justly put upon the same footing with the oath of any other person.
    • 1838, Boz [pseudonym; Charles Dickens], chapter 51, in Oliver Twist; or, The Parish Boy’s Progress. [], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), London: Richard Bentley, [], OCLC 558204586, page 310:
      [] 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.
    • 1865, Johann Peter Lange, The Gospel according to Matthew[3], page 117:
      The true oath consists in the simple asseveration, uttered in perfect consciousness on solemn occasions []
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 14: Oxen of the Sun]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483, part II [Odyssey], page 385:
      After this homily which he delivered with much warmth of asseveration Mr Mulligan in a trice put off from his hat a kerchief with which he had shielded it.

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