Gainsaying
Gainsay Gain`say" (? or ?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gainsaid} (? or ?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gainsaying}.] [OE. geinseien, ageinseien. See {Again}, and {Say} to utter.] To contradict; to deny; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid. [1913 Webster]

I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. --Luke xxi. 15. [1913 Webster]

The just gods gainsay That any drop thou borrow'dst from thy mother, My sacred aunt, should by my mortal sword Be drained. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • gainsaying — index contravention, counterargument, denial, diatribe, disagreement, disapprobation, negation, negative …   Law dictionary

  • gainsaying — gain·say || ‚geɪn seɪ n. denial; refusal; objection v. deny; dispute, contradict …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gainsaying — gainsayˈing noun • • • Main Entry: ↑gainsay …   Useful english dictionary

  • gainsay — [[t]ge͟ɪnse͟ɪ[/t]] gainsays, gainsaying, gainsaid VERB: with brd neg If there is no gainsaying something, it is true or obvious and everyone would agree with it. [FORMAL] [V n] However much people have criticised her style and some of her… …   English dictionary

  • ἀντιρρήσει — ἀντίρρησις gainsaying fem nom/voc/acc dual (attic epic) ἀντιρρήσεϊ , ἀντίρρησις gainsaying fem dat sg (epic) ἀντίρρησις gainsaying fem dat sg (attic ionic) ἀντιρρέω flow aor subj act 3rd sg (epic) ἀντιρρέω flow fut ind mid 2nd sg ἀντιρρέω flow… …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • ἀντιρρήσεις — ἀντίρρησις gainsaying fem nom/voc pl (attic epic) ἀντίρρησις gainsaying fem nom/acc pl (attic) ἀντιρρέω flow aor subj act 2nd sg (epic) ἀντιρρέω flow fut ind act 2nd sg ἀ̱ντιρρήσεις , ἀντιρρέω flow futperf ind act 2nd sg (doric aeolic) …   Greek morphological index (Ελληνική μορφολογικούς δείκτες)

  • gainsay — [gān΄sā′, gān′sā΄] vt. gainsaid [gān΄sed′] gainsaying [ME geinseggen < gein < OE gegn, against (see AGAIN) + secgan (see SAY)] 1. to deny 2. to contradict 3. to speak or act against; oppose …   English World dictionary

  • Contradiction — Con tra*dic tion, n. [L. contradictio answer, objection: cf. F. contradiction.] 1. An assertion of the contrary to what has been said or affirmed; denial of the truth of a statement or assertion; contrary declaration; gainsaying. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Denial — De*ni al, n. [See {Deny}.] 1. The act of gainsaying, refusing, or disowning; negation; the contrary of {affirmation}. [1913 Webster] You ought to converse with so much sincerity that your bare affirmation or denial may be sufficient. Bp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Denial of one's self — Denial De*ni al, n. [See {Deny}.] 1. The act of gainsaying, refusing, or disowning; negation; the contrary of {affirmation}. [1913 Webster] You ought to converse with so much sincerity that your bare affirmation or denial may be sufficient. Bp.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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