report or maintain
But as he awaited sentencing, Flynn changed legal teams and sought to undo his plea,
alleging a host of misconduct, including that he was entrapped by the FBI agents who interviewed him.
If someone is accused of a crime, then that person is
alleged to have broken the law. It originated in the Latin verb
allegare, which also gave rise to the English verb
allegate, where we get
allegation: a not-yet-proven accusation of wrongdoing.
declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
asserts, in its own voice, that many of Trump’s statements are ‘false.’
assert or affirm strongly
claims about mail-in voting leading to voter fraud are baseless.
Clamare is Latin for "to demand as a right," and it has a couple of main meanings in English. The first is in line with the Latin: a Prospector during the gold rush would stake a
claim on a piece of land and begin mining it. But you can also
claim that something is true, though you might not be able to prove it.
Proclaim, below, and
exclaim both derive from the same root.
a conjectural possibility or circumstance
Asked what he would do if a state prevented houses of worship from opening, she called that a “
hypothetical” and did not answer.
Hypothesis is a Greek word meaning "the foundation or basis for an argument." So if you begin a sentence with "what if" or "let's say" or "for the sake of argument," what follows is
express or state indirectly
implied message seemed to be that viewership numbers weren’t what Netflix needed them to be, so the show wasn’t renewed.
implicare, the same Latin verb that gives us
imply is to mean something without saying it outright.
state or assert
Lawyers for the McMichaels said their clients
maintained their innocence, and said many questions loomed over the fatal confrontation between them and Mr. Arbery.
appearing as such but not necessarily so
The briefings fail spectacularly at their
ostensible task of informing the public, so explanations for their huge audience tend to draw on the notion that we instinctually flock to the president in dark times.
Ostensible is a pretty close synonym for
supposed, below: something that's assumed to be what it's presented as, but may not be.
capable of happening or existing
It made me long to travel in a way that, I later realised, is not actually
state or announce
He later sought to withdraw that plea
proclaiming his innocence.
The president maintains that he is strong on China, despite routinely
professing admiration for Chinese President Xi Jinping, including for actions surrounding the pandemic.
If you make a show of saying something but don't really mean it, you're
have the often misleading appearance of being or intending
The New England Patriots employ float tanks, which
purport to create the benefits of a four-hour nap in 40 minutes.
proportare means "to put or carry forth." In English,
purport carries the connotation of suspicion; like
ostensible, above, the thing in question may not turn out to be authentic.
imply as a possibility
The proposal also
suggests installing plexiglass barriers “where physical distancing is not feasible.”
based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence
Your scientific theories are equal to my Twitter theories, just as your FBI investigation into Russia is equal to Rudy’s
supposed investigation into Ukraine.
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead
"The more she tergiversated, the greater grew the ardency of the reporters for an interview."
A rare word,
tergiversate comes from the Latin verb
tergiversari, meaning "to turn one's back" or "to be evasive." It's an ancient version of "flip-flopping," changing your mind or opinion so often that nobody can tell what you think.