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tr.v. nay·said (-sĕd′), nay·say·ing, nay·says (-sĕz′)
To oppose, deny, or take a pessimistic or negative view of: They will naysay any policy that raises taxes.

nay′say′er n.


someone who opposes something or says no to it


(ˈneɪˌseɪ ər)

a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views.
nay′say`, v.t. -said, -say•ing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.naysayer - someone with an aggressively negative attitude
obstructer, obstructionist, obstructor, resister, thwarter - someone who systematically obstructs some action that others want to take
technophobe - a person who dislikes or avoids new technology
References in classic literature ?
Free for death, and free in death; a holy Naysayer, when there is no longer time for Yea: thus understandeth he about death and life.
And then it struck me, although this person is not explicitly saying "No", through his actions he is a naysayer, because he does not believe that the project will work.
One of the constants of Canadian foreign policy is the role of the naysayer, usually occupying an academic or bureaucratic perch, who finds ways to debunk the achievements of our country in the international sphere.
For example, I've heard a naysayer claim that certification will actually cause more problems, because a certified coach will feel entitled to a position regardless of his qualifications and background compared to other candidates.
Although not a naysayer by nature, he says he finds himself being more skeptical, especially about what goes on at the state level.
Naysayers claim that they weren't actually legally married, and the Kabbalah wedding was just a symbolic ceremony.
Despite jthe naysayers in certain stuffy newspapers predicting a collapse of listeners when he took over from Terry Wogan on Radio 2, he has achieved the highest-ever figures for a breakfast show.