AskDefine | Define gainsay

Dictionary Definition

gainsay v : take exception to; "She challenged his claims" [syn: challenge, dispute] [also: gainsaid]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To contradict; to deny; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid.
    Must you gainsay my every word?

Derived terms


to deny; to contradict
  • French: contredire
  • Hungarian: tagad, ellentmond, megcáfol
  • Norwegian: motsi
  • Romanian: a contrazice
  • Russian: возражать, отрицать

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abjure, assert the contrary, be contrary to, belie, call into question, challenge, combat, contest, contradict, contravene, controvert, counter, cross, deny, disaffirm, disallow, disavow, disclaim, disown, disprove, dispute, fight, forswear, impugn, join issue upon, negate, negative, not accept, not admit, nullify, oppose, oppugn, rebut, recant, refuse to admit, refute, reject, renounce, repudiate, resist, retract, revoke, take back, take issue with, traverse, withstand
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