gainsay(redirected from gainsayers)
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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).]
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]
v.t. -said, -say•ing.
1. to deny; dispute; contradict.
2. to speak or act against; oppose.
Past participle: gainsaid
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|Verb||1.||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"