An example of to gainsay is to go against a popular opinion.
- to deny
- to contradict
- to speak or act against; oppose
Origin of gainsayMiddle English geinseggen ; from gein- ; from Old English gegn, against (see again) + secgan (see say)
transitive verbgain·said , gain·say·ing, gain·says
- To declare to be false; deny. See Synonyms at deny.
- 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).
Origin of gainsayMiddle English gainsayen : gain-, against (from Old English gegn-) + sayen, to say (from Old English secgan; see say).
(third-person singular simple present gainsays, present participle gainsaying, simple past and past participle gainsaid)
From Middle English gainsayen, ȝeinseggen (“to say against, say in opposition to”), equivalent to gain- + say.