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affirm
used in Moby Dick

2 uses
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Definition
a firm statement that something is true

or:

expressing emotional support or encouragement for someone
  • For in his Natural History, the Baron himself affirms that at sight of the Sperm Whale, all fish (sharks included) are "struck with the most lively terrors," and "often in the precipitancy of their flight dash themselves against the rocks with such violence as to cause instantaneous death."
    Chapters 40-42 -- Midnight, Forecastle; Moby Dick; The Whiteness of the Whale (30% in)
  • Their Historians affirm, that a Prophet who prophesy'd of Mahomet, came from this Temple, and some do not stand to assert, that the Prophet Jonas was cast forth by the Whale at the Base of the Temple."
    Chapters 103-105 -- Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (59% in)

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