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Meaning of GAINSAY

Pronunciation:  'geyn`sey

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  take exception to; "She challenged his claims"

GAINSAY is a 7 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: challenge, dispute
 See Also: call, call into question, contend, contest, oppugn, question, repugn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gain`say"\ (? or ?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Gainsaid} (? or ?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gainsaying}.] [OE.
geinseien, ageinseien. See {Again}, and {Say} to utter.]
To contradict; to deny; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid.

      I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your
      adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
                                               --Luke xxi.

      The just gods gainsay That any drop thou borrow'dst
      from thy mother, My sacred aunt, should by my mortal
      sword Be drained.                        --Shak.

Thesaurus Terms
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