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gainsay Explained

gainsay at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


gainsay at English irregular forms Of Explained:


gainsay at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

"to contradict," c.1300, lit. "say against," from O.E. gegn- "against" + say. "Solitary survival of a once common prefix" [Weekley], which was used to form such now-obsolete compounds as gain-taking "taking back again," gainclap "a counterstroke," gainbuy "redeem," and gainstand "to oppose." ///

gainsay at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v past tense and past participle gainsaid /-'sed/ [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 someone// contradict// --No one dared to gainsay him.//

gainsay at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

46 Moby Thesaurus words for "gainsay":
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, dispute, fight, forswear,
impugn, join issue upon, negate, negative, not accept, not admit,
nullify, oppose, oppugn, rebut, recant, refuse to admit, refute,
reject, renounce, repudiate, resist, retract, revoke, take back,
take issue with, traverse, withstand

gainsay at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

(gainsays ) [VN] (formal) (often used in negative sentences) to say that sth is not true; to disagree with or deny sth:
Nobody can gainsay his claims.

Gainsay at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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.

I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your
adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
--Luke xxi.

The just gods gainsay That any drop thou borrow'dst
from thy mother, My sacred aunt, should by my mortal
sword Be drained. --Shak.

gainsay at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

v : take exception to; "She challenged his claims" [syn: {challenge},
[also: {gainsaid}]

gainsay at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » gainsayen|lang=enm, Inter: term » ȝeinseggen||to say against, say in opposition to|lang=enm, equivalent to Inter: prefix » gain|say.


* Inter: rhymes » eɪ


Inter: en-verb » gainsays|gainsaying|gainsaid
  • To contradict; to deny, refute; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid.
    1. Inter: quote-book » year=1840|author=Category: w - :Abel Upshur|Abel Upshur|title=Category: s - :A Brief Enquiry into the Nature and Character of our Federal Government|A Brief Enquiry into the Nature and Character of our Federal Government|publisher=Campbell|page=Category: s:Page - :Nature and Character of our Federal Government.djvu/102|84|passage=The supreme court, therefore, may assume jurisdiction over subjects and between parties, not allowed by the constitution, and there is no power in the federal government to gainsay it.
    2. 1902, Category: w - :Arthur Conan Doyle|Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles:
    3. : Know then that in the time of the Great Rebellion (the history of which by the learned Lord Clarendon I most earnestly commend to your attention) this Manor of Baskerville was held by Hugo of that name, nor can it be gainsaid that he was a most wild, profane, and godless man.
    4. Inter: quote-news »

    |title= Griffith acted, and lived, by Golden Rule
    |newspaper=The Post and Courier
    |publisher=Evening Post Publishing
    |page=5, Features
    |passage=And there was something childlike about Griffith, too, even in his Matlock days, as a deceptively sharp 'simple country lawyer,' a big-kid boyishness that did not mask his intelligence or gainsay his authority.

    Derived terms

    * gainsayer
    • gainsaying


      Inter: trans-top » to deny; to contradict
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|contredire
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|tagad, Inter: t+ » hu|ellentmond, Inter: t+ » hu|megcáfol
    • Latin: Inter: t- » la|adversor, Inter: t- » la|contradico|alt=contrādīcō, Inter: t- » la|refragor|alt=refrāgor
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|motsi

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|contradizer|m
  • Romanian: a contrazice
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|возражать, Inter: t+ » ru|отрицать
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|impugnar

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: Category:English words prefixed with gain- -
    Translation: et » gainsay
    Translation: ko » gainsay
    Translation: io » gainsay
    Translation: it » gainsay
    Translation: kn » gainsay
    Translation: lt » gainsay
    Translation: ml » gainsay
    Translation: my » gainsay
    Translation: pl » gainsay
    Translation: fi » gainsay
    Translation: ta » gainsay
    Translation: te » gainsay
    Translation: uk » gainsay
    Translation: vi » gainsay
    Translation: zh » gainsay