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[uh-vur] /əˈvɜr/
verb (used with object), averred, averring.
to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner.
Law. to allege as a fact.
Origin of aver
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French averer < Medieval Latin advērāre, equivalent to ad- ad- + -vēr- (< Latin vērus true) + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix
Related forms
misaver, verb (used with object), misaverred, misaverring.
preaver, verb (used with object), preaverred, preaverring.
unaverred, adjective
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See maintain. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for averring
Historical Examples
  • This he at first declined to do, averring that it was impossible to be elected.

  • averring that, in satisfaction of all tithes the customary annual sum of 20s.

    The Church of Grasmere Mary L. Armitt
  • All agree in averring that the souls of men, after death, pass into other bodies.

  • I think he is under a mistake in averring that there is any severity in the sheath spur.

    Ladies on Horseback Nannie Lambert
  • What if they did unite, afterward, in averring that the break had been planned by Winwood?

  • averring that the problem was national in scope, he asserted the constitutional authority of Congress to solve it.

  • He promised him safe-conduct, averring that he had other means of gaining fame than by killing a man like him.

    The Story of Norway Hjalmar H. Boyesen
  • This the secessionist identified; averring that there were also a dozen more, besides several chickens, for which redress was due.

    The Drummer Boy John Trowbridge
  • I have Hickman's letter, in his own handwriting, averring his readiness to release the mortgage at any day.

  • But Mme Lerat, his own sister, shook her head doubtfully, averring that she was not so sure of his ignorance.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for averring


verb (transitive) avers, averring, averred
to state positively; assert
(law) to allege as a fact or prove to be true
Derived Forms
averment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French averer, from Medieval Latin advērāre, from Latin vērus true
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Word Origin and History for averring



late 14c., from Old French averer "verify," from Vulgar Latin *adverare "make true, prove to be true," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + verus "true" (see very). Related: Averred; averring.

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