Word of the Day
Sunday, November 10, 2002

Definitions for aver

  1. to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner.
  2. Law. to allege as a fact.

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Citations for aver
She had stolen nothing;--so she averred to herself. Anthony Trollope, The Eustace Diamonds, 1873
…he didn't dare admit that, as a matter of fact, he'd slept atrociously; he averred that he'd slept extremely well, thank you, Caroline, extremely well, extremely well. Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections, 2001
Origin of aver
Aver shares a root with the words very and veracity in the Latin term vērus meaning "true." It entered English in the mid-1300s.