Gainsay meaning

gān-sā, gānsā
To gainsay is defined as to oppose, deny or say something is false.

An example of to gainsay is to go against a popular opinion.

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To declare to be false; deny.
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To oppose (someone), especially by contradiction.
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To deny.
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To contradict.
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To speak or act against; oppose.
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A gainsaying.
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Origin of gainsay

  • Middle English gainsayen gain- against (from Old English gegn-) sayen to say (from Old English secgan say)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English gainsayen, ȝeinseggen (“to say against, say in opposition to”), equivalent to gain- +‎ say.

    From Wiktionary