gainsay

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gainsay take exception to "She challenged his claims"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Gainsay To contradict; to deny; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid. "I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.""The just gods gainsay That any drop thou borrow'dst from thy mother,
      My sacred aunt, should by my mortal sword
      Be drained."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gainsay To speak against; contradict; oppose in words; deny or declare not to be true; controvert; dispute: applied to persons, or to propositions, declarations, or facts.
    • n gainsay A gainsaying; opposition in words; contradiction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Gainsay gān′sā to contradict: to deny: to dispute
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Quotations

  • Marquis De Sade
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    “Humane sentiments are baseless, mad, and improper; they are incredibly feeble; never do they withstand the gainsaying passions, never do they resist bare necessity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. geinseien, ageinseien,. See Again, and Say to utter
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gegn, against, and say.

Usage

In literature:

No one has ever been bold enough to gainsay it.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
Katharine's desertion was an established fact past all gainsaying.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
Still, his written deposition was so clear one could not gainsay it, I have heard.
"Joyce's Investments" by Fannie E. Newberry
I'll not gainsay it, Spirit.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
Tastes may differ even on a mince-pie; but who gainsays a fire?
"Christmas: Its Origin and Associations" by William Francis Dawson
Seven years had they pursued their seeking, and there now grew on them so strong a craving for home that they could gainsay it no longer.
"A Child's Book of Saints" by William Canton
Who could gainsay those believed to hold in their hands the issues of life and death?
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
No one will gainsay this.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 6, 1921" by Various
None dare gainsay it.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
That lawyers are as often the ministers of injustice as of justice is the common accusation in the mouth of gainsayers against the profession.
"An Essay on Professional Ethics" by George Sharswood
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In poetry:

This way -- or so then, not this way,
Perhaps not thus the great will go;
Perhaps our Heaven they will gainsay;
Our jewels perhaps -- so not this way.
"Introit : VI. The Great" by Thomas MacDonagh
Alas! the people now do sigh and moan
For the loss of Wm. Ewart Gladstone,
Who was a very great politician and a moral man,
And to gainsay it there's few people can.
"The Burial of Mr. Gladstone" by William Topaz McGonagall
She sees the worm that my youth's bloom decays,
She sees my spring-time wasted as it flees;
And, marvelling at the rigor that gainsays
The heart's sweet impulse, my reward decrees.
"The Conflict" by Friedrich von Schiller
Then there's Mr Spurgeon, a great preacher, which no one dare gainsay
I went to hear him preach on the Sabbath-day.
And he made my heart feel light and gay
When I heard him preach and pray.
"Descriptive Jottings of London" by William Topaz McGonagall
What you have said, kind sir, I hope will come true,
And if it does, I'll make it known to you;
And you must come to the marriage, which you musn't gainsay,
And dance and rejoice with us on the marriage-day.
"Young Munro the Sailor" by William Topaz McGonagall
So passed the Spring, and Summer sped;
And early Autumn brought the day
When she her hand in mine should lay,
And I should take her hand and wed.
And still no hint that might gainsay,
No warning word of quick or dead.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

In fact, I'm not even sure how you gainsay that.
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