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gain·say

 (gān-sā′, gān′sā′)
tr.v. gain·said (-sād′, -sĕd′), gain·say·ing, gain·says (-sāz′, -sĕz′)
1. To declare to be false; deny. See Synonyms at deny.
2. To oppose (someone), especially by contradiction: "She was going to fashion the end of her existence in her own way, and in this determination she would not be gainsaid" (Louis Auchincloss).

[Middle English gainsayen : gain-, against (from Old English gegn-) + sayen, to say (from Old English secgan; see say).]

gain·say′er n.

gainsay

(ɡeɪnˈseɪ)
vb, -says, -saying or -said
(tr) archaic or literary to deny (an allegation, a statement, etc); contradict
[C13 gainsaien, from gain- against + saien to say1]
gainˈsayer n

gain•say

(ˈgeɪnˌseɪ, geɪnˈseɪ)

v.t. -said, -say•ing.
1. to deny; dispute; contradict.
2. to speak or act against; oppose.
[1250–1300; Middle English gainsaien; see again, say]
gain′say`er, n.

gainsay


Past participle: gainsaid
Gerund: gainsaying

Imperative
gainsay
gainsay
Present
I gainsay
you gainsay
he/she/it gainsays
we gainsay
you gainsay
they gainsay
Preterite
I gainsaid
you gainsaid
he/she/it gainsaid
we gainsaid
you gainsaid
they gainsaid
Present Continuous
I am gainsaying
you are gainsaying
he/she/it is gainsaying
we are gainsaying
you are gainsaying
they are gainsaying
Present Perfect
I have gainsaid
you have gainsaid
he/she/it has gainsaid
we have gainsaid
you have gainsaid
they have gainsaid
Past Continuous
I was gainsaying
you were gainsaying
he/she/it was gainsaying
we were gainsaying
you were gainsaying
they were gainsaying
Past Perfect
I had gainsaid
you had gainsaid
he/she/it had gainsaid
we had gainsaid
you had gainsaid
they had gainsaid
Future
I will gainsay
you will gainsay
he/she/it will gainsay
we will gainsay
you will gainsay
they will gainsay
Future Perfect
I will have gainsaid
you will have gainsaid
he/she/it will have gainsaid
we will have gainsaid
you will have gainsaid
they will have gainsaid
Future Continuous
I will be gainsaying
you will be gainsaying
he/she/it will be gainsaying
we will be gainsaying
you will be gainsaying
they will be gainsaying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gainsaying
you have been gainsaying
he/she/it has been gainsaying
we have been gainsaying
you have been gainsaying
they have been gainsaying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gainsaying
you will have been gainsaying
he/she/it will have been gainsaying
we will have been gainsaying
you will have been gainsaying
they will have been gainsaying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gainsaying
you had been gainsaying
he/she/it had been gainsaying
we had been gainsaying
you had been gainsaying
they had been gainsaying
Conditional
I would gainsay
you would gainsay
he/she/it would gainsay
we would gainsay
you would gainsay
they would gainsay
Past Conditional
I would have gainsaid
you would have gainsaid
he/she/it would have gainsaid
we would have gainsaid
you would have gainsaid
they would have gainsaid
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.gainsay - take exception to; "She challenged his claims"
call - challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of; "call the speaker on a question of fact"
call - challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense; "He deserves to be called on that"
contest, repugn, contend - to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; "They contested the outcome of the race"

gainsay

verb deny, dispute, disagree with, contradict, contravene, rebut, controvert There was no-one to gainsay this assertion.
back, support, confirm, agree with

gainsay

verb
To refuse to admit the truth, reality, value, or worth of:
Law: traverse.
Translations
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gainsay

[ˌgeɪnˈseɪ] (gainsaid (pt, pp)) VT (liter) → contradecir, negar
it cannot be gainsaides innegable

gainsay

[ˌgeɪnˈseɪ] vtnier

gainsay

vt pret, ptp <gainsaid> → widersprechen (+dat); fact(ab)leugnen, bestreiten; evidence, argumentwiderlegen; it/the facts cannot be gainsaides lässt/die Tatsachen lassen sich nicht leugnen; there is no gainsaying his honestyseine Ehrlichkeit lässt sich nicht leugnen

gainsay

[ˌgeɪnˈseɪ] (gainsaid (pt, pp)) [ˌgeɪnˈsɛd] vt (frm) (fact, argument) → contestare, negare; (person) → contraddire
References in classic literature ?
He was foremost at all races and cock fights; and, with the ascendancy which bodily strength always acquires in rustic life, was the umpire in all disputes, setting his hat on one side, and giving his decisions with an air and tone that admitted of no gainsay or appeal.
Therefore he will give it out that he did not kill her, but that she perished in the fire which was called down upon your kraals by witchcraft; and, though all men know the lie, yet none shall dare to gainsay him.
Too facil then thou didst not much gainsay, Nay, didst permit, approve, and fair dismiss.
But no man ventured directly to gainsay a pledge filled to the health of the reigning monarch.
In vain did the poor old father weep and implore her pity; she was firm, and he dared not gainsay her.
I repeat that I grant it," replied Don Quixote; "and so, lady, you may from this day forth lay aside the melancholy that distresses you, and let your failing hopes gather new life and strength, for with the help of God and of my arm you will soon see yourself restored to your kingdom, and seated upon the throne of your ancient and mighty realm, notwithstanding and despite of the felons who would gainsay it; and now hands to the work, for in delay there is apt to be danger.
He thought that since the maid was defenseless he could carry her away to one of his castles and none could gainsay him.
No one ventured to gainsay the missionary, whose excited tone contrasted curiously with his naturally calm visage.
They all held their peace till at last Agelaus son of Damastor said, "No one should take offence at what has just been said, nor gainsay it, for it is quite reasonable.
It is well, madame," said Mazarin; "nothing can gainsay such testimony.
but it’s to be hoped that he was justified by the cause, And it’s not Parson Grant there who’ll gainsay that same.
How wrong you are, Athos; how you gainsay your origin and the destiny of your noble nature.