Monday, May 09, 2005
aver transitive verb [uh-VUR] To affirm with confidence; to declare in a positive manner, as in confidence of asserting the truth.
Definitions for aver
- To affirm with confidence; to declare in a positive manner, as in confidence of asserting the truth.
- (Law) To assert, claim, or declare as a fact.
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Citations for aver
Between us and the bottom of the sea was less than an inch of wood. And yet, I aver it, and I aver it again, I was unafraid.
Although it was not quite true, as he liked to aver, that almost forty years passed between his departure for Germany and his eventual return to Austria, he did not hurry back to Vienna after emigrating to the United States.
Origin of aver
Aver is from Old French-Medieval French averer, from Medieval Latin adverare, to confirm as authentic, from Latin ad-, ad- + Medieval Latin verare, from Latin verus, true. Other words deriving from verus are very, which sometimes has the sense of "true"; verify, to prove the truth of; and verdict, a decision or judgment, literally a "true-saying" (verus + dictum, saying).