Synonyms and Antonyms of assert

  1. 1 to state clearly and strongly a superpatriot who is never afraid to assert her allegiance to flag and country Synonyms of assert affirm, aver, avouch, avow, declare, guarantee, lay down, profess Words Related to assert 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, reassert Near Antonyms of assert minimize, understate; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook

  2. 2 to state (something) as a reason in support of or against something under consideration asserted that a new roof would be necessary if the church was to remain open Synonyms of assert argue, contend, maintain, plead, reasonWords Related to assert adduce, cite, mention; claim, insist; affirm, aver, avouch, avow; advance, give, offer, propose, submit; advise, counsel, recommend, suggest, urge; convince, persuade; advocate, champion, defend, enforce, espouse, support; explain, justify, rationalize; consider, debate, discuss; confute, counter, disprove, rebut, refute

  3. 3 to state as a fact usually forcefully vigorously asserted that what passes for art these days is absolute rubbish Synonyms of assert affirm, allege, claim, aver, avouch, avow, contend, declare, insist, maintain, profess, protest, purport, warrantWords Related to assert announce, broadcast, proclaim; argue, rationalize, reason; confirm, justify, vindicate; defend, persevere, support, uphold; reaffirm, reassertNear Antonyms of assert abandon; disavow, disclaim, disown, negate, negative, reject, repudiate; challenge, dispute, question; confute, disprove, rebut, refute; contradict, counterAntonyms of assert deny, gainsay

Synonym Discussion of assert

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

synonyms see in addition maintain

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