gainsayer


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Related to gainsayer: renouncement, endeared

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.
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Thacke, The Gainsayer Convinced (1649), 64, quoted in J.
Should any doubt the actuality of these essential moments, Cyril conveyed the sense that the events themselves in their entirety would aggressively rebuke the gainsayer.
Instead Toland was determined to depict Ireland as the bastion of Celtic civilization that had extended through the British Isles and which could stand up to the close judgemental examination of its gainsayers.
even But it seems even James Bond, saviour of the universe several times over, can't overcome his feminist gainsayers.
But leaving aside the gainsayers and sceptics, the sheer timescale of the scheme hailed as Britain's biggest infrastructure project - even if it goes ahead bang on schedule - should set alarm bells ringing.
This is not a criticism that can be leveled at the Tristan excerpt, though, whose other-worldly intensity is utterly Kleiber is not without his gainsayers, and several contributors aim to be as objective about him as possible.
Mann sets himself three main tasks: to explain his firm belief in the reality of man-made global warming, to expose the intellectual poverty of those who deny or downplay the risks of such change, and to chart the well-organised and sometimes disreputable tactics of the gainsayers.
WHILE I appreciate the sincerity of John Wilson's cri de coeur over wind turbines (Views of the North, May 25) all the gainsayers miss the point that the turbines are not permanent, they are part of an ever-changing landscape.
He also dismissed gainsayers who claim Iran's nuclear program poses no threat to Israel, "There is no one who doubts the intentions of Iran.
SIR - Lisa of Cyncoed's letters (March 8 and 20) highlight a personal problem which could become a political and social problem: her gainsayers reflect the patronising attitude of a Brahmin caste secure in the privileges they enjoy at public expense.