gainsay

[ geyn-sey, geyn-sey ]
/ ˈgeɪnˌseɪ, geɪnˈseɪ /

verb (used with object), gain·said, gain·say·ing.

to deny, dispute, or contradict.
to speak or act against; oppose.

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Origin of gainsay

First recorded in 1250–1300, gainsay is from the Middle English word gainsaien. See again, say1

OTHER WORDS FROM gainsay

gain·say·er, nounun·gain·said, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gainsayer

gainsay
/ (ɡeɪnˈseɪ) /

verb -says, -saying or -said

(tr) archaic, or literary to deny (an allegation, a statement, etc); contradict

Derived forms of gainsay

gainsayer, noun

Word Origin for gainsay

C13 gainsaien, from gain- against + saien to say 1
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