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[ney-sey-er] /ˈneɪˌseɪ ər/
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.
1715-25; nay + say1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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



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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