Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: affirm
IPA transcription: [əf'ɝm]
verb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm
    Meaning: establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant"
  • Synonyms: affirm, verify, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear
    Meaning: to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; "Before God I swear I am innocent"
  • Synonyms: affirm
    Meaning: say yes to
Usage examples
  • That we may safely affirm.
  • "It will end by killing me," he used to affirm many times a day.
  • And what does the judge affirm to be the life which is next, and the pleasure which is next?
  • It will also be seen that the difference of opinion between those who affirm, and those who deny, that these bodies have life, is not a difference of things but of words.
  • Where Miss Taylor failed to stimulate, I may safely affirm that Harriet Smith will do nothing.--You never could persuade her to read half so much as you wished.--You know you could not."
  • Allowing that nature intended we should always enjoy good health, I dare almost affirm that a state of reflection is a state against nature, and that the man who meditates is a depraved animal.
  • I maintain, therefore, that confession, far from being an incentive to sin, as our adversaries have the hardihood to affirm, is a most powerful check on the depravity of men and a most effectual preventive of their criminal excesses.
  • After the most accurate examination, of which I am capable, I venture to affirm, that the rule here holds without any exception, and that every simple idea has a simple impression, which resembles it, and every simple impression a correspondent idea.
  • The fact of the presence of the chambermaid--who had come to clean up The Yellow Room--in the laboratory, when Monsieur Stangerson and his daughter returned from their walk, at half-past one, permits us to affirm that at half-past one the murderer was not in the chamber under the bed, unless he was in collusion with the chambermaid.
  • Should we affirm that the qualities alone, which prompt us to act our part in society, are entitled to that honourable distinction; it must immediately occur that these are indeed the most valuable qualities, and are commonly denominated the SOCIAL virtues; but that this very epithet supposes that there are also virtues of another species.