A Word A Day : Gainsay
Wednesday, 26th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...
( Verb )
(past and past participle : gainsaid
present participle : gainsaying
3rd person present singular : gainsays)
Pronunciation : gáyn-sày
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
• 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
• 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
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