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  1. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    These words (aver, avow) are often found in crossword puzzles. A typical clue would be "say with certainty". Exactly what is the difference in meaning between these words? they seem to be almost, but not quite, synonymous.
     
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  5. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    "Aver" means "to state with confidence" because you're certain that you're right.

    "Avow" means "to admit or confess" something that people may not know about you.

    They're quite different.
     
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