af·​fir·​ma·​tion | \ˌa-fər-ˈmā-shən \

Definition of affirmation 

1a : the act of affirming nodded his head in affirmation

b : something affirmed : a positive assertion His memoir is a reflective affirmation of family love.

2 law : a solemn declaration made under the penalties of perjury by a person who conscientiously declines taking an oath

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Examples of affirmation in a Sentence

a sworn affirmation that he had never acted as a spy for the enemy

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Some men may not have received love and affirmation from their mother, believe it or not. NBC News, "Pastor Touré Roberts wants to help the broken heal through 'Wholeness'," 12 Mar. 2018 Young Iranians learn that the 7th-century conquest and subsequent conversion to Islam of the once-mighty Persian empire by a much weaker Arab Muslim army was, in fact, an affirmation of Iran’s resilience. Shervin Malekzadeh, Washington Post, "What Trump doesn’t get about ideology in Iran. It’s about nationalism, not theocracy.," 25 June 2018 Sinclair, the country's largest broadcaster, said the apolitical promotion is an affirmation of its commitment to objective reporting (even though President Trump repeatedly uses the term to condemn negative coverage). USA TODAY, "The nation witnesses its latest rebellion," 2 Apr. 2018 Bloomberg View senior executive editor David Shipley presents an editorial explaining why a Senate committee’s vote to spend considerably more on diplomacy than the White House had wanted is a welcome affirmation of U.S. leadership., "A Unanimous Vote for Soft Power: View," 12 Sep. 2017 The clamor of people arguing over who can claim him seems to have become a staple of the steady flow of affirmation that Hemingway craved so much. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 In crafting the national identity, lament for the region’s dispossessed is both a rebuke and an affirmation: Look at what happened to those who were not able to defend their homes and their homeland. Shervin Malekzadeh, Washington Post, "What Trump doesn’t get about ideology in Iran. It’s about nationalism, not theocracy.," 25 June 2018 Post-war national affirmation The war claimed 20,000 lives. Lajla Veselica And Nicolas Gaudichet,, "Croatia's World Cup quarterfinals run revives national pride," 5 July 2018 And those sounds, all that affirmation and affection, fill us with joy. Beverly Beckham,, "She is loved. And isn’t that everything?," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of affirmation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for affirmation

Middle English affirmacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French affirmation, affermacion, borrowed from Latin affirmātiōn-, affirmātiō, from affirmāre "to affirm" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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af·​fir·​ma·​tion | \ˌa-fər-ˈmā-shən \

Kids Definition of affirmation

: an act of saying or showing that something is true They nodded their heads in affirmation.

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