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  • n. Plural form of gainsayer.


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  • They simply believed him when he said that he and his people were as one, but what Bush and Blair proved was that politicians can sometimes act in the name of humanity when despots rule under a cloak of deception, and the peaceniks and gainsayers are dithering. emil

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • To get into the debate would mean the kids would have to actually know some of the simple science which proves the gainsayers wrong.

    MIND MELD: Is Science Fiction Responsible for the Lack of Public Interest in Space Exploration?

  • I am not obliged to vindicate their proceedings; but I aver, that the Duke has received full proof of his regular sentence; and, in fine, that it was amply deserved by oppression, tyranny, and foul abuse of his authority, I will uphold against all gainsayers, with the body of a man.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Adam B, John Doe, and Emmeet Sweeny, it seems that we, as opposed to the gainsayers who would accuse us of being Jeremiahs, all have twenty twenty vision with regard to seeing that there is a problem, not just with education but with the whole of society.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • BUT - you "assert" the gainsayers are not scientists and are following a political thread.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • This allows gainsayers to leap triumphantly on the few exceptions and dispute its existence, even though it is well established and supported at the very highest level.

    Tip of the iceberg

  • All next day he did not come back, and the Hellenes were troubled with anxieties, but on the third day he arrived with the news that he had obtained from the king the boon he asked; he was permitted to save the Hellenes, though there were many gainsayers who argued that it was not seemly for the king to let those who had marched against him depart in peace.


  • And for my part I am free to confess to these gainsayers that a good many things may be done at Athens by dint of money; and I will add, that a good many more still might be done, if the money flowed still more freely and from more pockets.

    The Polity of the Athenians and the Lacedaemonians

  • Thus, while the State gags the very people who could help bring sanity, and restore effectiveness to our own forces, redressing the inherent incompetence in the bureaucratic structures in the MoD, the gainsayers run rampant with the only information that the MoD freely offers – the deaths of British soldiers.

    Losing the propaganda war (again)

  • But her dear heart and a lock of her hair I will have, let who will be the gainsayers!

    Clarissa Harlowe


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