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December 26, 2007

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( Verb )

(past and past participle : gainsaid
present participle : gainsaying
3rd person present singular : gainsays)

Pronunciation : g�yn-s�y

1. to say that something is false

2. to oppose or contradict somebody

3. to deny something

4. to challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of ...


Middle English - gainsayen : gain - against - from Old English gegn - sayen - to say


combat, contravene, controvert, cross, deny, disaffirm, disagree, disclaim, disprove, dispute, fight, impugn, negate, negative, oppose, refute, repudiate, resist, traverse, withstand, contradict


agree, concur, confirm, go along, applaud, be content, be happy, compliment, laud, praise, recommend, affirm, attest, prove

Contextual Examples:

� During the debate, one speaker tried to gainsay the opponent about each statement made about the topic.

� In vain did the poor old father weep and implore her pity. She was firm and he dared not gainsay her.

� No one ventured to gainsay the missionary, whose excited tone contrasted curiously with his naturally calm visage.

� He thought that since the maid was defenseless he could carry her away to one of his castles and none could gainsay him.

Related Words:

gainsayer: Noun

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