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Word: assurance

Definition: firm statement that something is certainly true; promise or pledge; certainty; confidence in one's own ability; self-confidence; Ex. In spite of all his assurances, he did not come back; Ex. assurance of his loyalty; Ex. The teacher lacked assurance in fron of his class; V. assure; tell firmly with confidence; ensure; make (something) certain to heappen; make (someone) feel sure; give confidence to; ADJ. assured: self-assured; confident in one's own ability; showing certainty


Sentences Containing 'assurance'

He spoke with the diffidence of a man who knew how slight a thing would overset the delicate organization of the mind, and yet with the confidence of a man who had slowly won his assurance out of personal endurance and distress.
``From this prison here of horror, whence I every hour tend nearer and nearer to destruction, I send you, Monsieur heretofore the Marquis, the assurance of my dolorous and unhappy service.
She had high animal spirits, and a sort of natural self consequence, which the attention of the officers, to whom her uncle's good dinners, and her own easy manners recommended her, had increased into assurance.
The very first sentence conveyed the assurance of their being all settled in London for the winter, and concluded with her brother's regret at not having had time to pay his respects to his friends in Hertfordshire before he left the country.
But, however this remonstrance might have staggered or delayed his determination, I do not suppose that it would ultimately have prevented the marriage, had it not been seconded by the assurance that I hesitated not in giving, of your sister's indifference.
Our importance, our respectability in the world must be affected by the wild volatility, the assurance and disdain of all restraint which mark Lydia's character.
Her power was sinking; everything must sink under such a proof of family weakness, such an assurance of the deepest disgrace.
To Mr. Bennet's acknowledgments he briefly replied, with assurance of his eagerness to promote the welfare of any of his family; and concluded with entreaties that the subject might never be mentioned to him again.
The easy assurance of the young couple, indeed, was enough to provoke him.
Elizabeth had not before believed him quite equal to such assurance; but she sat down, resolving within herself to draw no limits in future to the impudence of an impudent man.
I shall not go away till you have given me the assurance I require.''
``And your assurance of it, I suppose, carried immediate conviction to him.''
This assurance delighted Morrel, who took leave of Villefort, and hastened to announce to old Dantes that he would soon see his son.
This positive assurance seemed to give Caderousse a little courage.
Morrel shuddered, and looked at the man, who spoke with more assurance than he had hitherto shown.
``Then it is settled,''said the count,``and I give you my solemn assurance that I only waited an opportunity like the present to realize plans that I have long meditated.''
The count continued:''`I have given him renewed life and hope, in the assurance that you have the power of restoring the son whom he has vainly sought for fifteen years.'''
The expression of the count's face had not remained unperceived by the banker; he fixed on him a look of greater assurance than before, and said:``You may, perhaps, be better satisfied that I should not go farther into particulars.''
Danglars defended himself with the baseness, but at the same time with the assurance, of a man who speaks the truth, at least in part, if not wholly not for conscience'sake, but through fear.
I need to see you strong in your courageous assurance, to recover myself.''
``You know that you are, madame,''said Villefort, whose pale cheeks became slightly flushed as he gave her the assurance.
And truly this assurance carried him back to different events from those now occupying the baroness and him.
``It is not he,''she murmured, and waited, in the assurance that this was but a dream, for the man to disappear or assume some other form.
said the count;``tell me till you are weary, that I have restored you to happiness; you do not know how much I require this assurance.''
Neither the London Assurance, nor the Royal Exchange Assurance companies have any such privilege.
They were delicate in health, in spite of Fronto's assurance, and only one son survived the father.
I can only repeat my assurance, that I do not speak without good evidence.
The more instances we examine, and the more care we employ, the more assurance shall we acquire, that the enumeration, which we form from the whole, is complete and entire.
Being determined by custom to transfer the past to the future, in all our inferences; where the past has been entirely regular and uniform, we expect the event with the greatest assurance, and leave no room for any contrary supposition.
They acquire, by long habit, such a turn of mind, that, upon the appearance of the cause, they immediately expect with assurance its usual attendant, and hardly conceive it possible that any other event could result from it.
By means of it alone we attain any assurance concerning objects which are removed from the present testimony of our memory and senses.
In such conclusions as are founded on an infallible experience, he expects the event with the last degree of assurance, and regards his past experience as a full _proof_ of the future existence of that event.
We balance the opposite circumstances, which cause any doubt or uncertainty; and when we discover a superiority on any side, we incline to it; but still with a diminution of assurance, in proportion to the force of its antagonist.
The very same principle of experience, which gives us a certain degree of assurance in the testimony of witnesses, gives us also, in this case, another degree of assurance against the fact, which they endeavour to establish; from which contradition there necessarily arises a counterpoize, and mutual destruction of belief and authority.
Do not the same passions, and others still stronger, incline the generality of mankind to believe and report, with the greatest vehemence and assurance, all religious miracles?
When, therefore, these two kinds of experience are contrary, we have nothing to do but substract the one from the other, and embrace an opinion, either on one side or the other, with that assurance which arises from the remainder.
And between these she is so dazzled and confounded, that she scarcely can pronounce with certainty and assurance concerning any one object.
While the sceptic insists upon these topics, he shows his force, or rather, indeed, his own and our weakness; and seems, for the time at least, to destroy all assurance and conviction.
And I have felt--we both have felt, I may say; my sister being fully in my confidence--that it is right you should receive this grave and dispassionate assurance from our lips.'
Our visitor had recovered something of his assurance while Holmes had been talking, and he rose from his chair now with a cold sneer upon his pale face.
Nothing but the serious assurance of his friend Copperfield to the contrary, he observed, could deprive him of the impression that his friend Copperfield loved and was beloved.
But she gave us her blessing, and the assurance of her lasting friendship, and spoke to us, generally, as became a Voice from the Cloister.
All the time, with the certainty that sometimes comes with excessive dread, I knew that such assurance was folly, knew instinctively that the machine was removed out of my reach.
Although I think I had never really feared it, in any season of cool reflection, it was an unspeakable relief to me to have this assurance from her own truthful lips.
I rather think that neither the blow, nor the allusion, would have escaped me, but for the assurance I had had from Agnes that night.
I could not have resisted its entreaty, if the assurance that it gave me had been less convincing.
I know, and never can forget, that there was that in her wild manner which gave me no assurance but that she would sink before my eyes, until I had her arm within my grasp.
Without such assurance I should certainly have left it alone, and bestowed my energy on some other endeavour.
'I am happy to hear you say so,' answered Agnes, steadily, 'for it gives me hope, almost assurance, that we think alike.
Not always, though: Ledyard, the great New England traveller, and Mungo Park, the Scotch one; of all men, they possessed the least assurance in the parlor.

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