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as in: asserted her opinion that... Define
to say that something is true -- especially something disputed
  • The defense also asserts that the defendant has no previous record.
  • She asserts that her opponent lacks managerial experience.

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  • She uses statistics to support her assertion that the regulators are barring competition in the industry rather than preventing abuses.
  • [L]et me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself;
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt  --  First Inaugural Address (1933 during The Great Depression)
  • "I’ve done some nice things out on Long Island," asserted Mr. McKee.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • But the thought asserted itself, and persisted, until it produced a vision of his body totally frozen.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • This dark assertion will be illuminated later on.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Maji
  • She asserted that it proved him to be a man of the bold free West.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Gottlieb had asserted that they produced doubtful vaccines,
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The business man who assumes that this life is everything, and the mystic who asserts that it is nothing, fail, on this side and on that, to hit the truth.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End

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  • I waited, and sure enough, in a moment she looked at me with an absolute smirk on her lovely face, as if she had asserted her membership in a rather distinguished secret society to which she and Tom belonged.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • This is no passing and idle word, but truth and fact; and the assertion is verified by the position to which these qualities have raised the state.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
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as in: asserted her authority Define
to be forceful in exercising rights
  • She says women should assert themselves more.
  • To have a well-behaved dog, it is important that you assert your dominance.

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  • No central government can assert control over the outlying tribes.
  • The students are clamoring to assert their rights.
  • The ball rises until gravity asserts its dominance.
  • Her body asserted itself with a restless movement of her knee, and she stood up.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • "Who you callin’ punk?" B. J. had asserted without fear.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
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  • Here was the ghost of London still asserting itself as a centre,—an intellectual centre, for aught I knew.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • The truth of this assertion might be demonstrated by innumerable passages from almost all the poetical writings, even of Milton himself.
    William Wordsworth  --  Preface to Lyrical Ballads

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  • The boy saw she did not believe him; or rather, that she paid no attention to his assertion.
    D. H. Lawrence  --  The Rocking-Horse Winner
  • "God told me," he asserted, brazening it out.
    D. H. Lawrence  --  The Rocking-Horse Winner
  • But even here the exuberant and barbaric fancy asserted itself.
    Frank R. Stockton  --  The Lady, or the Tiger?
  • Here, led by Remond, Nell, Wells-Brown, and Douglass, a new period of self-assertion and self-development dawned.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Maybe he was comforted by Louie’s assertion of control, protected thereby from the awful possibilities that his imagination hung before him.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Who would venture to assert as much?
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Maybe Alec felt a greater need to assert his Shadowhunter-ness here.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Take away someone’s aggression and you take away their motivation, or their ability to assert themselves.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant

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  • And when the U.S. government asserts that terrorists raise money by selling black-market cigarettes, that acts as a rather jarring moral incentive.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • 12 This assertion isn’t based in speculation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • And they have gravely asserted that all animals, including humans, degenerate in America.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • If New York had tried to assert its rights by force, a war between the States might have started.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • He had only to assert the most commonplace thing and it sounded important and convincing.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • "Fourteen times," Morris asserted.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • "That’s the way they assert themselves these days," Henry said.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • After teaching them the basic steps, Allan deliberately stayed back, giving the kids room to assert themselves.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • People were basically good, we asserted with disgusting smugness.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • So he learned to assert himself.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • The Weasel’s assertion was, then, indisputably correct.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • That assertion attracted the full attention of law enforcement officials.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • I began to feel embarrassed that I hadn’t asserted more control during the encounter.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Even now he dared not assert himself but held the Bible uncertainly in his hands and asked, "What would you have me read, sir?"
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • ’Excuse me,’ I responded; ’you, my good friend, are a striking evidence against that assertion.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I believe I may assert that they were really in possession of deep and growing happiness.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • You may well be surprised, Miss Bennet, at such an assertion, after seeing, as you probably might, the very cold manner of our meeting yesterday.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Astonishment, that would have been as painful as it was strong, had not an immediate disbelief of the assertion attended it.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • No, to put it more strongly and more distinctly; not can you but dare you, looking upon me, assert that I am not a pig?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • As before, Rogojin walked in advance of his troop, who followed him with mingled self-assertion and timidity.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Alexey Alexandrovitch asserted and believed that he had never in any previous year had so much official business as that year.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • How can you think it a matter of no importance whether the peasant, whom you love as you assert.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Not that she is so, but that "the most is made," as the Honourable Bob Stables has frequently asserted upon oath, "of all her points."
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Mr. Tulkinghorn re-asserts it by another inclination of his head.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It was most convenient to Emma not to make a direct reply to this assertion; she chose rather to take up her own line of the subject again.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • A town so sacred to fact, and so triumphant in its assertion, of course got on well?
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Effectiveness of assertion is the Alpha and Omega of style.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • She would only smile and assert.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • His good nature had taken off the keenest edge of her suffering, and nuts with cowslip wine began to assert their legitimate influence.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • She persisted in asserting that she had not taken the brooch.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • "I hate you—I hate you—I hate you—" a louder stamp with each assertion of hatred.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • She justifies her action, asserting that she was bound to obey the eternal laws of right and wrong in spite of any human ordinance.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • He could read Arabic, and he infuriated his fellow chemists by asserting that the Arabs had anticipated all their researches.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • I’ll stand for a good deal, but once in a while I got to assert my authority, and I jumped him.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He told himself merely that his paternal affection was asserting itself quite against his will.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • They are not to assert their little egos, but to express the soul of their country and the rhythm of their time.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Fear ever argues a degenerate kind; His birth is well asserted by his mind.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Consequently they who assert that all is well have said a foolish thing, they should have said all is for the best.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • They were not "English to the back-bone," as their aunt had piously asserted.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Jude asked, politely accepting her assertion, though he had very large doubts as to its truth.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
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