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asseverate

as·sev·er·ate

asseverate

pronunciation:
se v reIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: asseverated, asseverates, asseverating
definition: to declare with solemnity and earnestness; affirm.
Despite this damning evidence, he asseverated his innocence.She asseverated that she would keep her promise to the voters.
similar words:
insist, protest, swear, testify, vow
derivation: asseveration (n.)