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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Indeed, one who would be an idolized king or a pampered priest is loathed to be a disconcerting gainsayer of what to the world is convenient.
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(128) Gainsayers receive no epistemic credit that could go into the jurors' collective decision and resolve the deadlock one way or another.
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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. Mann is well placed to tell the tale.