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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Asseverate \As*sev"er*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Asseverated; p. pr. & vb. n. Asseverating.] [L. asseveratus, p. p. of asseverare to assert seriously or earnestly; ad + severus. See Severe.] To affirm or aver positively, or with solemnity. [1913 Webster] Syn: To affirm; aver; protest; declare. See Affirm. [1913 Webster]