[geyn-sey, geyn-sey]
verb (used with object), gainsaid, gainsaying.
to deny, dispute, or contradict.
to speak or act against; oppose.

1250–1300; Middle English gainsaien. See again, say1

gainsayer, noun
ungainsaid, adjective Unabridged
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gainsay (ɡeɪnˈseɪ)
vb , -says, -saying, -said
archaic, literary or (tr) to deny (an allegation, a statement, etc); contradict
[C13 gainsaien, from gain-against + saien to say1]

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Word Origin & History

"to contradict," c.1300, lit. "say against," from O.E. gegn- "against" + say. "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.
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Example sentences
To gainsay that is to ignore what made this city the vibrant metropolis of
No one can gainsay the potential for further financial scandal.
None of this is to gainsay the utility of negative emotion.
Almost nobody dares to gainsay him, even when he goes over the top.
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