from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To declare to be false; deny. synonym: deny.
- transitive verb To oppose (someone), especially by contradiction.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To speak against; contradict; oppose in words; deny or declare not to be true; controvert; dispute: applied to persons, or to propositions, declarations, or facts.
- noun A gainsaying; opposition in words; contradiction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To contradict; to deny; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb To
contradict; to deny, refute; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid.
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- verb take exception to
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Indeed, I have offended and done evil; but I crave pardon of Allah Almighty for whatso I did, and if He reunite us, I will never again gainsay thee in aught, no, never! —
a proof of my assertion, which I do not think any of them will gainsay, which is, that they all laid down as a principle what they did not perfectly know.
Far be it for us to gainsay the glories of the Italian kitchen.
Say what you will about that view, it's hard to gainsay the economic gains that Singapore, Malaysia and China all made over the last 30-odd years.
None of this is to gainsay the genuine hardships that many of the uninsured face, but we prefer the approach Mr. Obama ran on in the 2008 primaries against Hillary Clinton.
Negotiating these complexities, however, would be a monumental challenge for a 27-year-old CEO who seems most intent on making sure no one can gainsay him.
One hesitates to gainsay those who are putting their money where we journalists are only willing to put our mouths.
Admitting the Mubarak regime's contributions to America's interests in the region doesn't gainsay the reality that keeping aging autocracies in power, with no feasible successor in sight, is a status quo that isn't sustainable.
In theory, at least, inferior material, but who can gainsay the wine's elegance?
None of this is to gainsay the interests of the world economy in the region.