To gainsay is defined as to oppose, deny or say something is false.verb
An example of to gainsay is to go against a popular opinion.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to deny
- to contradict
- to speak or act against; oppose
Origin: ME geinseggen < gein- < OE gegn, against (see again) + secgan (see say)
- gainsayer noun
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transitive verb gain·said , gain·say·ing, gain·says
- To declare false; deny. See Synonyms at deny.
- To oppose, especially by contradiction.
Origin: Middle English gainsayen : gain-, against (from Old English gegn-) + sayen, to say (from Old English secgan; see say).
- gain·sayˈer noun