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 admit, refute, reject, repudiate, speak against, take exception to, take issue with, traverse II index contend (dispute), contest, contravene, cross (disagree with), debar, deny (contradict), disaccord, disaffirm, disagree, disapprove (reject), dispute (contest), except (object), expostulate, negation, oppugn, prohibit, refute, reject, repulse

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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