1. [syn: assertion, averment, asseveration]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Asseveration \As*sev`er*a"tion\, n. [L. asseveratio.]
The act of asseverating, or that which is asseverated;
positive affirmation or assertion; solemn declaration.
Another abuse of the tongue I might add, -- vehement
asseverations upon slight and trivial occasions. --Ray.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no
supporting evidence were necessary) [syn: assertion,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
ASSEVERATION. The proof which a man gives of the truth of what be says, by
appealing to his conscience as a witness. It differs from an oath in this,
that by the latter he appeals to God as a witness of the truth of what he
says, and invokes him as the avenger of falsehood and perfidy, to punish him
if he speak not the truth. Vide Affirmation; Oath; and Merl. Quest. de
Droit, mot Serment.