One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1reporting verb State or assert to be the case.with clause ‘he averred that he was innocent of the allegations’with direct speech ‘‘I don't have to do anything—it's his problem,’ he averred’
proclaim, announce, make known, state, communicate, reveal, divulge, mention, talk about, raise, moot, air, bring into the open, voice, articulate, pronounce, express, vent, set forth, make public, publicize, disseminate, circulate, publish, broadcast, promulgate, trumpet, blazondeclare, maintain, claim, assert, state, attest, affirm, avow, swear, vow, profess, insist, protestView synonyms
- ‘He avers that the antiwar camp is obsessed with ‘stability’, so much so that it would rather see the preservation of the Middle Eastern autocracies than the spread of democracy.’
- ‘Amid the many trials of their maiden adulthood, she avers, they feel perversely compelled to refute the proper sovereignty of boomer parents in their lives.’
- ‘Match them with right adjectives and see the impact, he avers.’
- ‘‘The epic of Vyasa is not a literary masterpiece out there, somewhere in the past, or tucked away in airconditioned museums and libraries,’ he avers.’
- ‘‘When I went to the US and the UK for training, I visited hospitals, schools, police stations and other organisations to study their management methods,’ he avers.’
- ‘‘My fascination for skyscapes has developed subsequently and attempting to catch those natural kaleidoscopic patterns in vibrant rich colours is a humbling experience for me,’ he avers.’
- ‘Queries for customised ties have been pouring in, he avers.’
- ‘Located in South Delhi's Vasant Kunj area, it has been promoted by a homeopath who avers that natural health foods should be part of everyone's daily diet.’
- ‘In his prologue he avers that the international community faces a period that is ‘uncertain and politically unstable’.’
- ‘‘I guess these sorts of things happen in every field but since this is a glamour field, they are highlighted more,’ she avers.’
- ‘‘More than the structure or the subject, I like to capture the mood a monument presents, like that of Taj Mahal,’ she avers.’
- ‘September 1973, he avers, was the result of ‘the devastating collapse of the Chilean economy’ and ‘Chile's increasing polarized political environment’.’
- ‘‘The best way to help animals is not to eat one,’ he avers.’
- ‘‘One should always be ready for a switchover,’ she avers.’
- ‘‘I do not face any problems during my martial arts practise and compete equally with others,’ she avers.’
- ‘‘In a few years these worn-out structures may vanish and I want to document the village life,’ he avers.’
- ‘‘They attend the monthly review meetings and rectify the problems immediately,’ she avers.’
- ‘Being open-minded is prerequisite to learning Vedic mathematics, he avers.’
- ‘‘It is a good idea then to implement this course in colleges across the country,’ she avers.’
- ‘‘Since the Emmys are on ABC, it makes sense for ABC to sponsor the banners,’ he avers.’
- 1.1Law with object Allege as a fact in support of a plea.
allege, claim, assert, declare, maintain, affirm, suggest, imply, hint, insinuate, indicate, intimate, impute, make as if, make as though, pretendView synonyms
- ‘It is averred that the First Plaintiff voluntarily offered to provide the measurements in the knowledge that the banner was for use at a charity event.’
- ‘Of the oral agreement it was averred that who said what to whom was a matter of evidence.’
- ‘You may well have to aver that fact in your information.’
- ‘The defendant will aver that there is no partnership agreement between the claimant and the defendant made either orally or in writing.’
- ‘At all material times and since the initial notification of this claim, the defendants, via its solicitors have averred that the claimant has failed to prove its claim.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘declare or confirm to be true’): from Old French averer, based on Latin ad ‘to’ (implying ‘cause to be’) + verus ‘true’.
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