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asseverate

[uh-sev-uh-reyt] /əˈsɛv əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), asseverated, asseverating.
1.
to declare earnestly or solemnly; affirm positively; aver.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Latin assevērātus spoken in earnest (past participle of assevērāre), equivalent to as- as- + sevēr- (see severe) + -ātus -ate1
Synonyms
assert, state, maintain.
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British Dictionary definitions for asseverate

asseverate

/əˈsɛvəˌreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to assert or declare emphatically or solemnly
Derived Forms
asseveration, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin assevērāre to do (something) earnestly, from sevērussevere
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Word Origin and History for asseverate
v.

1791, from Latin asseveratus, past participle of asseverare "to affirm, insist on, maintain," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + severus "serious, severe" (see severe). Related: Asseverated; asseverating.

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