nay

[ney]
adverb
1.
and not only so but; not only that but also; indeed: many good, nay, noble qualities.
2.
Archaic. no (used in dissent, denial, or refusal).
noun
3.
a denial or refusal.
4.
a negative vote or voter.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English nai, nei < Old Norse nei no, contraction of ne not + ei ever; see na, ay1

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nay (neɪ)
 
sentence substitute
1.  archaic, dialect chiefly, or an archaic or dialect (except in voting by voice) word for no
 
n
2.  a.  a person who votes in the negative
 b.  a negative vote
 
adv
3.  archaic (sentence modifier) an emphatic form of no
 
[C12: from Old Norse nei, from ne not + ei ever, ay1]

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nay
word of negation, c.1175, from O.N. nei, compound of ne "not" (see un-) + ei "ever." Nay-say "refusal" is from 1631.
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Example sentences
Every striation is visible, nay gleaming, oiled and under the lights.
The kids are our future too, aren't they, nay the leaders of tomorrow.
Nay saying this does not recognize the use of off peak storage facilities.
No representatives of politically-motivated nay-saying groups.
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