Definition of gainsay in English:
verb (past and past participle gainsaid)[with object with negative] formal
1Deny or contradict (a fact or statement): the impact of the railroads cannot be gainsaid
More example sentences
- I'm not denying or gainsaying the fact that one could make a case.
- These revisionists could not of course ultimately gainsay the fact that France was defeated.
- In an era in which the very power of national governments of reformist pedigree to deliver reforms is under question, Labour gainsays the question.
1.1Speak against or oppose (someone).
- My warnings over the last six years had been so numerous, so detailed, and were now so terribly vindicated, that no one could gainsay me.
- He had a hot temper and a weekly column in which he could publicly tear to shreds anyone who dared gainsay him or meddle with his works.
- The extremist can always argue that he is the better Muslim that the moderate - and no one can gainsay him.
Middle English: from obsolete gain- 'against' + say.
- Example sentences
- The Pope's funeral illustrated just how important religion still is to us all, whatever the gainsayers would have you believe
- And with God as his ally, he can face the multitude of enemies and gainsayers who threaten him everywhere.
- The phlegmatic attitude of continental Europeans to the euro puts British gainsayers to shame
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