gainsay

(redirected from gainsayers)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.

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
ellentmondmegcáfoltagad

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 periodicals archive ?
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.
They talk about how religion leads to wars and violence, yet the gainsayers of the wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan came from religious believers while the new atheists who believe in the supremacy of science, have long supported those wars.
The case is meticulously conceived, exhaustively executed, massively documented (Rumsfeld appears never to have discarded a written thought or utterance), and, above all, shrewdly anticipative in foreseeing objections by gainsayers and then preempting them.