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affirm

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of affirm

  1. 1 to state as a fact usually forcefully unwilling to affirm without further study that the painting is an original Rembrandt Synonyms of affirm claim, allege, assert, aver, avouch, avow, contend, declare, insist, maintain, profess, protest, purport, warrantWords Related to affirm announce, broadcast, proclaim; argue, rationalize, reason; confirm, justify, vindicate; defend, persevere, support, uphold; reaffirm, reassertNear Antonyms of affirm abandon; disavow, disclaim, disown, negate, negative, reject, repudiate; challenge, dispute, question; confute, disprove, rebut, refute; contradict, counterAntonyms of affirm deny, gainsay

  2. 2 to state clearly and strongly our business partner affirmed his trust in us, and we in turn promised not to let him down Synonyms of affirm assert, aver, avouch, avow, declare, guarantee, lay down, professWords Related to affirm advance, advertise, boost, plug, promote, publicize; announce, blaze, call, proclaim, pronounce, say; accent, accentuate, emphasize, stress, underline, underscore; advocate, champion, defend, espouse, support, uphold; assure, convince, persuade; explain, justify, rationalize; reaffirm, reassertNear Antonyms of affirm minimize, understate; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook

Synonym Discussion of affirm

assert, declare, affirm, protest, avow mean to state positively usually in anticipation of denial or objection. assert implies stating confidently without need for proof or regard for evidence.
    • asserted that modern music is just noise
declare stresses open or public statement.
    • declared her support for the candidate
affirm implies conviction based on evidence, experience, or faith.
    • affirmed the existence of an afterlife
protest emphasizes affirming in the face of denial or doubt.
    • protested that he really had been misquoted
avow stresses frank declaration and acknowledgment of personal responsibility for what is declared.
    • avowed that all investors would be repaid in full


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