Definition of Gainsaying

1. Noun. Opposition, especially in speech. ¹



2. Noun. Refusal to accept or believe something. ¹

3. Noun. Contradiction. ¹

4. Noun. Denial; denying. ¹

5. Noun. (archaic or obsolete) Rebellious opposition; rebellion. ¹

6. Verb. (present participle of gainsay) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gainsaying

1. gainsay [v] - See also: gainsay

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gainsaying

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gainsaying (current term)
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Literary usage of Gainsaying

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1. The Expositor edited by William Robertson Nicoll, Samuel Cox, James Moffatt (1884)
"... Enoch dons the dark rough mantle of the prophet, and carries the message of righteousness, the warning of love, to an evil and gainsaying generation. ..."

2. Parochial and Plain Sermons by John Henry Newman (1882)
"... and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core."—J UDE II. are two special sins which trouble the Church, ..."

3. Literary and Theological Review by Leonard Woods, Charles D. Pigeon (1835)
"... who insulted his well-beloved Master. blinded, and made so insensible that these were sins, that like those that perished in the gainsaying of Core, ..."

4. The Genesis of the Massachusetts Town: And the Development of Town-meeting by Charles Francis Adams, Mellen Chamberlain, Edward Channing, Massachusetts Historical Society, Abner Cheney Goodell (1892)
"... to settle (and set down) such orders as may tend to the general good as aforesaid; and every man to he bound thereby without gainsaying or resistance. ..."

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