By affirming that coalition combat forces would pull out of Afghanistan in 2014, NATO handed the Taliban the advantage of time.
For the United States, our so-so results are neither depressing nor affirming.
That's how they kept clean, meeting with the mayor one day and affirming no snitching over nonviolence the next.
c.1300, from Old French afermier (Modern French affirmer) "affirm, confirm; strengthen, consolidate," from Latin affirmare "to make steady, strengthen," figuratively "confirm, corroborate," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + firmare "strengthen, make firm," from firmus "strong" (see firm (adj.)). Spelling refashioned 16c. in French and English on Latin model. Related: Affirmed; affirming.