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naysayer

[ney-sey-er] /ˈneɪˌseɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views:
Despite a general feeling that things were going well, a few naysayers tried to cast gloom.
Origin
1715-1725
1715-25; nay + say1 + -er1
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Examples for naysayer
  • Except for the occasional naysayer who claims to be the true inventor, these facts are reasonably undisputed.
  • Even the loudest naysayer was pleased to have been wrong.
Word Origin and History for naysayer
n.

1721, from verb naysay (implied from 1530s in naysaying); from nay + say (v.). Nay-say "refusal" is from 1630s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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