Definition of Gainsay

1. Verb. Take exception to. "She challenged his claims"

Exact synonyms: Challenge, Dispute
Specialized synonyms: Call, Call
Entails: Call Into Question, Oppugn, Question
Generic synonyms: Contend, Contest, Repugn
Derivative terms: Challenge, Challengeable, Disputation, Dispute



Definition of Gainsay

1. v. t. To contradict; to deny; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid.

Definition of Gainsay

1. Verb. To contradict; to deny, refute; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gainsay

1. to deny [v -SAID, -SAYING, -SAYS] - See also: deny

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gainsay

gaining
gaining control
gainings
gainless
gainlessly
gainlessness
gainlier
gainliest
gainliness
gainly
gainrace
gainrising
gains
gainsaid
gainsaw
gainsay (current term)
gainsayer
gainsayers
gainsaying
gainsays
gainsboro
gainset
gainsharing
gainshire
gainside
gainsome
gainspeaker
gainspeaking
gainst
gainstand

Literary usage of Gainsay

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1. A Theoretical and Practical Grammar of the Otchipwe Language for the Use of by Frederic Baraga (1878)
"Gaining, gas/a- kite/i/yea-c/aa-. Gain over. S. Prevail. -gainsay ; I gaia-ia-av, aa-isa-ai (i ... I use to gainsay, ... I gainsay against it, ..."

2. Publications by English Dialect Society (1850)
"... putt an Embargue uppon all Ships, to hinder any Accounts France. from thence into Syria, that might gainsay what was told there uppon Jaa. II. ..."

3. The Reformed Mennonite Church: Its Rise and Progress, with Its Principles by Daniel Musser (1873)
"... magistrates and rulers, when permitted to do so ; and they had the promise from God of wisdom, which all their adversaries would not be able to gainsay. ..."

4. Collections of the Virginia Historical Society by Virginia Historical Society (1892)
"... that this business may be heard at his house, which Mr. Treasurer said he would not gainsay when soever the matter were handled to the knowledge of Sir ..."

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