affirmation

noun
af·​fir·​ma·​tion | \ ˌa-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce affirmation (audio) \

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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Watch the rest of de Kok's routine above, and stay tuned until the end to learn about her nightly ritual with healing crystals and positive affirmations. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria's Secret Model Roosmarijn de Kok's Nighttime Skincare Routine," 22 Jan. 2019 Perhaps the best evidence that Israel needs a constitutional affirmation of its status as the sovereign Jewish nation-state is the eagerness of so many to denounce as undemocratic measures that are considered mundane anywhere else. Eugene Kontorovich, WSJ, "Get Over It—Israel Is the Jewish State," 19 July 2018 Winning would be affirmation for a country that has produced a string of world-class players. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 To touch a relative stranger’s beard suddenly seems perfectly reasonable — a weirdly urgent affirmation of life. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "New Sentences: From Meredith Goldstein’s ‘Can’t Help Myself’," 9 May 2018 But her words were a refreshing affirmation that my results are not the end-all. Nicole Ellis, Washington Post, "‘Should I freeze my eggs?’: A doctor’s second opinion made all the difference," 2 May 2018 Democrats rightly take pride in the 1928 nomination of Gov. Al Smith, which signaled the party’s affirmation that Catholics had a place in American public life. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Kamala Harris’s Dark Knights," 2 Jan. 2019 Men like Beierle, Bowers, and Sayoc have been posting about their violent intentions for years now, and getting support and affirmation for doing so. Anna North, Vox, "How mass shooters practice their hate online," 4 Nov. 2018 Clearly moved by the story, Harry popped the letter in his jacket pocket and offered up some moving words of comfort and affirmation to Otia. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Had Some Touching Advice For a 6-Year-Old Boy Who Lost His Mother," 31 Oct. 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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affirmation

noun
af·​fir·​ma·​tion | \ ˌa-fər-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce affirmation (audio) \

Kids Definition of affirmation

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

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