Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Opposition, especially in speech; refusal to accept or believe something; contradiction; denial.
  • noun Rebellious opposition; rebellion Core.

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  • noun Opposition, especially in speech.
  • noun Refusal to accept or believe something.
  • noun Contradiction.
  • noun Denial; denying.
  • noun archaic or obsolete Rebellious opposition; rebellion.
  • verb Present participle of gainsay.

Etymologies

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From gainsay.

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From Middle English gaynesayenge, ȝeinseiing, ȝeinsegging, equivalent to gainsay +‎ -ing.

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