Definition of gainsay in English:

gainsay

Syllabification: gain·say
Pronunciation: /ˌɡānˈsā
 
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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.
Synonyms
deny, dispute, disagree with, argue with, dissent from, contradict, repudiate, challenge, oppose, contest, counter, controvert, rebut
1.1Speak against or oppose (someone).
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

gainsayer

noun
More 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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