- to deny, dispute, or contradict.
- to speak or act against; oppose.
Origin of gainsay
Related Words for gainsaidcontravene, traverse, impugn, combat, disclaim, repudiate, refute, disagree, deny, fight, resist, controvert, oppose, negative, disprove, negate, cross, withstand, dispute, disaffirm
Examples from the Web for gainsaid
Historical Examples of gainsaid
The general probability of his statements could not, unfortunately be gainsaid.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Its hardness, solidity, and actuality could not be gainsaid.The Conquest of Fear
The authority in her voice and manner was not to be gainsaid.
Mary's answer was given quietly, but, none the less, with an assurance that could not be gainsaid.
Despised and contemned as they may be, I believe they cannot be gainsaid.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- (tr) archaic, or literary to deny (an allegation, a statement, etc); contradict
Word Origin for gainsay
"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.