When Henry stood forward and claimed the vacant throne by right of conquest and also by right of descent, no one gainsaid him.
Its hardness, solidity, and actuality could not be gainsaid.
But the result could 94 not be gainsaid; it was for the French a complete and costly failure.
The authority in her voice and manner was not to be gainsaid.
Justice without might is gainsaid, because there are always offenders; might without justice is condemned.
This impression was not gainsaid, but the whole tangle grew denser.
As he had lived in peace with the various Vremenszhiki and with Ivan himself, the prudence cannot be gainsaid.
But that Mr. Blaine is an orator of the first order cannot be gainsaid.
He would have been astonished to think that that could be gainsaid.
But Cousin Jasper, having once conceived the idea, was not to be gainsaid.
"contradict," c.1300, literally "say against," from Old English gegn- "against" (see again) + say (v.). "Solitary survival of a once common prefix" [Weekley], which was used to form such now-obsolete compounds as gain-taking "taking back again," gainclap "a counterstroke," gainbuy "redeem," and gainstand "to oppose." Related: Gainsaid; gainsaying.