affirm

[ɐfˈɜːm], [ɐfˈɜːm], [ɐ_f_ˈɜː_m]

Antonyms for affirm:

counter, Disaffirm, unsay, abjure, deny, disprove, forswear, disown, abandon, disclaim, dispute, gainsay, neglect, understate, overlook, negate, confute, repudiate, disallow, contradict, withdraw, ignore, recant, negative, disconfirm, refute, disavow, reject, disregard, take back, question, renounce, challenge, minimize, renege, rebut, abnegate, retract.


Definitions of affirm:

  1.   to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; " Before God I swear I am innocent" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2.   To confirm or ratify; to declare positively or solemnly. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3.   say yes to – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4.   establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; " his story confirmed my doubts"; " The evidence supports the defendant" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5.   To make a solemn declaration, before an authorized magistrate or tribunal, under the penalties of perjury; to testify by affirmation. – Newage Dictionary DB
  6.   To assert positively; to tell with confidence; to aver; to maintain as true; - opposed to deny. – Newage Dictionary DB
  7.   To state positively; maintain; assert; aver; make affirmation. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8.   to assert or confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, brought before an appellate court for review. – Newage Dictionary DB
  9.   To declare or assert positively. – Newage Dictionary DB
  10.   To assert strongly; to confirm, as a judgment, decree, or order, in court. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11.   To assert with confidence; to maintain confidently as true; to declare solemnly. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12.   To declare positively. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13.   To declare, as a fact, solemnly, under judicial sanction. See Affirmation, 4. – Newage Dictionary DB
  14.   To assert confidently or positively. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

Quotes for affirm:

  1. If a man went simply by what he saw, he might be tempted to affirm that the essence of democracy is melodrama. – Irving Babbitt
  2. We may affirm then, that the main drift of the later Renaissance was away from a humanism that favored a free expansion toward a humanism that was in the highest degree disciplinary and selective. – Irving Babbitt
  3. For we can affirm with a good conscience that we have, after reading the Holy Scripture, applied ourselves and yet daily apply ourselves to the extent that the grace of the Lord permits to inquiry into and investigation of the consensus of the true and purer antiquity. – Martin Chemnitz
  4. That's why I believe that we must never fail to affirm that we are indeed one nation under God. – Lee Greenwood
  5. Believing that the power to destroy belongs to the Creator alone I affirm that any theory which, when carried out, demands the annihilation of force, is necessarily erroneous. – James Prescott Joule
  6. Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation- not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago. – Barack Obama
  7. The public airwaves provide a chance to affirm we want to be a good, decent people; a good, decent nation. – Charles W. Pickering
  8. I am a believer, but I affirm that in public buildings the law of the Republic overrides religious rules. – Jean-Pierre Raffarin
  9. It is not necessary to deny another's reality in order to affirm your own. – Anne Wilson Schaef
  10. I confidently affirm that the greater part of those who are supposed to have died of gout, have died of the medicine rather than the disease- a statement in which I am supported by observation. – Thomas Sydenham
  11. Christ made the bread the sacrament of his body only: wherefore as the bread is no similitude of his blood, so am I not bound or ought to affirm that his blood is there present. – William Tyndale

Usage examples for affirm:

  1. Nobody will affirm it. ” – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  2. In our own case, I think I may venture to affirm that the plan has answered. ” – Coelebs In Search of a Wife by Hannah More
  3. She would not let her mind affirm which it was that she desired. ” – This Freedom by A. S. M. Hutchinson
  4. “ To point out that prostitution never has been, and never can be, abolished by law, is by no means to affirm that it is an evil which must endure for ever and that no influence can affect it. ” – The Task of Social Hygiene by Havelock Ellis
  5. So, instead of saying, " The man was not made for the woman, but the woman for the man," they would affirm The man and the woman were equally made for each other, to advance hand in hand to perfection." ” – The Friendships of Women by William Rounseville Alger
  6. Now here they are right in what they affirm wrong in what they deny. ” – Contemporary Socialism by John Rae
  7. With regard to the last he is not so far agreed, and he doubts whether the House ought to affirm it. ” – Selected-Speeches-on-British-Foreign-Policy-1738-1914 by Jones, Edgar R. (Edgar Rees), Sir
  8. Her forehead we have said, or should have said, was perfect; we dare not affirm quite so much in praise of her mouth: there was sometimes a hardness there, not in the lines of the feature itself, but in the expression which it conveyed, a want of tenderness, perhaps of trust, and too much self- confidence, it may be, for a woman's character. ” – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  9. It is only because differences fall within an identity that we can affirm and it is only because within an identity there are differences that we can deny. ” – Kant's Theory of Knowledge by Harold Arthur Prichard
  10. “ " So," resumed la Peyrade, " you are very certain that you did not place in my hands the sum of twenty- five thousand francs; you declare this, you affirm it?" ” – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  11. Both have an absolute faith in habitual exercise; and both affirm that if the habit were once broken they could never afterwards resume it. ” – The Intellectual Life by =Philip Gilbert Hamerton
  12. “ Borneo has ever been famous for its diamonds, and, although scarce in quantity, I have heard good judges affirm that they are the finest in quality of any in the world. ” – On the Equator by Harry de Windt
  13. “ I cannot affirm that I was absolutely sea- sick, but, on the other hand, I cannot add that I was perfectly well during any part of the passage. ” – Autobiography of a Pocket-Hankerchief by James Fenimore Cooper
  14. Nowhere at S. Lorenzo can we affirm that Michelangelo enjoyed, the opportunity of showing what he could achieve in the production of a building independent in itself and planned throughout with a free hand. ” – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  15. My memory cannot deceive me, when I affirm that we did it in consequence of no such proposition from any other Colony. ” – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  16. While he lived she could affirm the rights of a white man's daughter, the rights of the daughter of a pioneer who had helped to make the West; and her pride in him had given a glow to her cheek and a spring to her step which drew every eye. ” – Northern Lights by Gilbert Parker
  17. Yet that was what Mr. Wilson aimed at and what some of his friends affirm he has achieved. ” – The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference by Emile Joseph Dillon
  18. Ah, a lovely but rare virtue; perceptibly developed, however, in the manners of my friend Gertrude, which I hesitate not to affirm would well become a princess. ” – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins
  19. In order to affirm a proposition we must have special reasons for believing it true. ” – Introduction to the Study of History by Charles V. Langlois Charles Seignobos
  20. Must we affirm that it is so, Cebes, or otherwise? ” – Apology, Crito, and Phaedo of Socrates by Plato

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