naysayer

[ney-sey-er]
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noun
  1. a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views: Despite a general feeling that things were going well, a few naysayers tried to cast gloom.

Origin of naysayer

First recorded in 1715–25; nay + say1 + -er1
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Word Origin and History for naysayer
n.

1721, from verb naysay (implied from 1530s in naysaying); from nay + say (v.). Nay-say "refusal" is from 1630s.

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