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Gainsay (to deny; dispute; oppose) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's absolutely essential words for the GRE, which includes 300 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.
Definition of the verb gainsay
What does gainsay mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections:
|simple past||past participle||present participle||third-person singular|
- take exception to
- example: We cannot gainsay that he is honest.
- lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
- synonyms of gainsay: challenge / dispute
- more generic words: contend / contest / repugn = to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
- more specific words:
- entailment: call into question / oppugn / question = challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
Alternative definition of the verb gainsay
- To contradict; to deny, refute; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid.
Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for gainsay
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by New England Railroad Club
Here is an opportunity to develop that art of speaking while on one's feet, which no one will gainsay is an invaluable training. Instances are many of men, by no means young in years, who have entered political life, and who have become able ...
Connexity and Coherence (1989)
Analysis of Text and Discourse by Wolfgang Heydrich, Fritz Neubauer, János S. Petöfi, Emil Sözer
The possibility to gainsay is an important characteristic of the verbal part of our communication. We cannot, for instance, contradict the non-verbal communication (laughing, crying, and the like) of our partners. A third component facilitating ...
The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler, David Crystal
gainsay is a LITERARY word, & now little used except in negative contexts such as There is no gainsaying it, Without fear of being gainsaid, That can scarcely be gainsaid. gala. Pronounce ga-. galaxy ...
by James Orr
Williams GAINSAY, gan-sa', gan'sa (dvrctirov, anteipon, AVriXl-yu, antiUgo, "to say or speak against"): Occurs as anteipon, "not .... able to withstand or to gainsay" (Lk 21 15) ; as anlilego, "a disobedient and gainsaying people" ...
by Merriam-Webster, Inc
Gainsay is somewhat formal or literary; it implies opposition, usually by way of disputing the truth of what another has...
by Bryan A. Garner
Originally gainsay was the popular word, and contradict the learned one; today just the opposite is true. Gainsay may now appropriately be labeled a formal word. E.g., "Judge Cire was in the unique position of being able to judge the credibility ...
by Joseph John Freeman, David Johns
Gainsay, v,a. manohi-teuy, manda, ma mono teny, in a ml nil), mam- pandaingia. Gainsay or, s. mpanobitra, mpamono teny, fahavalo, rafilahy. Gairish, a. mihaingiohaingio, mio- manomana. Gairishness, *. fihaingiohaingioana. Gait, s, fandeha ...
Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)
by Murali Mohan Hundigam
tartar Dental operation—extraction Dented—dimpled Dentine—ivory Dentition —teeth Denture's components—false teeth Denudes—strips Denunciatory speech—philippic Deny—abnegate, contradict, disown, disavow, gainsay, disclaim, ...
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Usage statistics about gainsay
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb gainsay:
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- Gainsay Meaning
Video shows what gainsay means. To contradict; to withsay; to deny, refute; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid.. gainsay pronunciation. How to pronounce ...
- Learn English Vocabulary - New Word: Gainsay
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Scrabble value of G2A1I1N1S1A1Y4
The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
Anagrams of GAINSAY
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