Definition of gainsay in English:


Line breaks: gain|say
Pronunciation: /geɪnˈseɪ

verb (past and past participle gainsaid /-ˈsed/)

[with object, with negative] formal



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  • 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


Middle English: from obsolete gain- 'against' + say.

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