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gainsay

[geyn-sey, geyn-sey] /ˈgeɪnˌseɪ, geɪnˈseɪ/
verb (used with object), gainsaid, gainsaying.
1.
to deny, dispute, or contradict.
2.
to speak or act against; oppose.
Origin of gainsay
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, gainsay is from the Middle English word gainsaien. See again, say1
Related forms
gainsayer, noun
ungainsaid, adjective
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  • But there was no gainsaying, even in his confused condition, Music Mountain.

    Nan of Music Mountain Frank H. Spearman
  • Mrs. Middleton was sentimental—there was no gainsaying that; she was rather gushing.

    Elsie Marley, Honey

    Joslyn Gray
  • But if 'tis duty, my lad, England expec's and I'm not gainsaying.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • I'm writing a good sound science book, which there's no gainsaying.

  • There's no gainsaying it, they'll all pass out of our hands.

    The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
  • It tells its own terrible tale, and there is no gainsaying it.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • Katharine's desertion was an established fact past all gainsaying.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • The girl's answer was spoken with a determination there was no gainsaying.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • But Caesar had spoken, and there was no gainsaying his orders.

  • There was no gainsaying this; and Bella was crushed and humiliated.

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for gainsaying

gainsay

/ɡeɪnˈseɪ/
verb -says, -saying, -said
1.
(transitive) (archaic or literary) to deny (an allegation, a statement, etc); contradict
Derived Forms
gainsayer, noun
Word Origin
C13 gainsaien, from gain-against + saien to say1
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Word Origin and History for gainsaying

gainsay

v.

"contradict," c.1300, literally "say against," from Old English gegn- "against" (see again) + say (v.). "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." Related: Gainsaid; gainsaying.

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