gainsay

  • 1 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 gainsay — I verb act against, be contrary, conflict with, contest, contradict, contravene, controvert, counter, deny, disaffirm, disagree, disallow, disavow, disclaim, dispute, dissent, forbid, impugn, negate, oppose, oppugn, protest, rebut, refuse to… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 gainsay — (v.) contradict, c.1300, lit. say against, from O.E. gegn against (see AGAIN (Cf. again)) + SAY (Cf. say). Solitary survival of a once common prefix [Weekley], which was used to form such now obsolete compounds as gain taking taking back again,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 gainsay — *deny, contradict, impugn, contravene, negative, traverse Analogous words: controvert, refute, confute, *disprove: oppose, combat, *resist, withstand, fight Antonyms: admit (sense 2) Contrasted words: *grant, concede, allow …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 gainsay — [v] contradict combat, contravene, controvert, cross, deny, disaffirm, disagree, disclaim, disprove, dispute, fight, impugn, negate, negative, oppose, refute, repudiate, resist, traverse, withstand; concepts 52,54 Ant. agree, concur, go along …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 gainsay — UK [ˌɡeɪnˈseɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms gainsay : present tense I/you/we/they gainsay he/she/it gainsays present participle gainsaying past tense gainsaid past participle gainsaid formal to say that someone is wrong or that something is… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 gainsay — gain|say [ˌgeınˈseı] v past tense and past participle gainsaid [ ˈsed] [T usually in negatives] formal [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: gain against (13 16 centuries) (from Old English gegn) + say] to say that something is not true, or to disagree with… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 gainsay — gain|say [ ,geın seı ] verb transitive FORMAL to say that someone is wrong or that something is not true: DENY: You may not have liked her, but no one could gainsay her determination …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 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

  • 12 gainsay — verb past tense and past participle gainsaid (transitive usually in negatives) formal to say that something is not true, or to disagree with someone: It may be very difficult to gainsay the claim …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 gainsay — verb, formal it was difficult to gainsay his claim Syn: deny, dispute, disagree with, argue with, dissent from, contradict, repudiate, challenge, oppose, contest, counter, controvert, rebut Ant: confirm …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 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

  • 15 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

  • 16 gainsay — verb To contradict; to deny, refute; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid. Know then that in the time of the Great Rebellion (the history of which by the learned …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 gainsay — Synonyms and related words: abjure, assert the contrary, be contrary to, belie, call into question, challenge, combat, contest, contradict, contravene, controvert, counter, cross, deny, disaffirm, disallow, disavow, disclaim, disown, disprove,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 gainsay — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. contradict (see negation). Ant., confirm. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To deny] Syn. disclaim, refute, repudiate; see deny . 2. [To contradict] Syn. disagree, dispute, controvert; see oppose 1 . See… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 gainsay — sb. == contradiction. Ps. lxxix. 7 …

    Oldest English Words

  • 20 gainsay — gain·say || ‚geɪn seɪ n. denial; refusal; objection v. deny; dispute, contradict …

    English contemporary dictionary