noun see gainsay

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  • Gainsayer — Gain say er, n. One who gainsays, contradicts, or denies. To convince the gainsayers. Tit. i. 9. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gainsayer — noun A person who gainsays others; a disagreeable person. First, The writer, positively asserts, That Woods halfpence were current among us for several months with the universal approbation of all people, without one single gainsayer …   Wiktionary

  • gainsayer — gainsay ► VERB (past and past part. gainsaid) formal ▪ deny or contradict; speak against. DERIVATIVES gainsayer noun. ORIGIN from obsolete gain against + SAY(Cf. ↑sayer) …   English terms dictionary

  • gainsayer — See gainsay. * * * …   Universalium

  • gainsayer — n. person who contradicts; person who denies …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gainsayer — gainsayˈer noun (Bible) An opposer • • • Main Entry: ↑gainsay …   Useful english dictionary

  • gainsay — gainsayer, n. /gayn say , gayn say /, v.t., gainsaid, gainsaying. 1. to deny, dispute, or contradict. 2. to speak or act against; oppose. [1250 1300; ME gainsaien. See AGAIN, SAY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Oblocutor — Ob*loc u*tor, n. [L. oblocutor, obloquutor, fr. obloqui, oblocutus, to speak against; ob (see {Ob }) + loqui to speak. See {Loquacious}.] A disputer; a gainsayer. [Obs.] Bale. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gainsay — transitive verb (gainsaid; gainsaying; gainsays) Etymology: Middle English gainsayen, from gain against (from Old English gēan ) + sayen to say more at again Date: 14th century 1. to declare to be untrue or invalid 2. contradict, oppose Synonyms …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gainsay — [geɪn seɪ] verb (past and past participle gainsaid) formal deny or contradict; speak against. Derivatives gainsayer noun Origin ME: from obs. gain against + say …   English new terms dictionary

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