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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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  • It was a great message and all the naysayers are missing the point.
  • It was so clear to even some of the naysayers in the room that it was working.
  • There's little doubt, naysayers notwithstanding, that building human capital greatly improves an individual's economic prospects.
  • It's true that it may not always work out for you and it's true that you will meet some naysayers along the way.
  • But naysayers said his company was lowering the standards of its accredited partners.
  • Any promising new invention will have its naysayers, and the bigger the promises, the louder the nays.
  • Whatever to call it, let the naysayers form their own reality-based metaphors for darkness and despair.
  • And all along the way the chorus of naysayers will insist it simply can't be done.
  • Other naysayers point to more basic hardware problems that must be solved.
  • The tedious naysayers with their half-baked arguments are only seeking attention here that they can't get in their daily lives.
Word Origin and History for naysayers

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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