nay·say·er | \ ˈnā-ˌsā-ər , -ˌser \

Definition of naysayer 

: one who denies, refuses, opposes, or is skeptical or cynical about something There are always naysayers who say it can't be done.

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nay-saying \ˈnā-ˌsā-iŋ \ noun

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cynic, misanthrope, pessimist

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Examples of naysayer in a Sentence

There are always naysayers who say it can't be done. those naysayers who attack the integrity of the entire judicial system

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All of these professionals committed themselves to continuing improvement, to attaining the reality of zero fatalities, to doing what the naysayers said could not be done. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Why aviation was so safe in 2017," 7 Jan. 2018 When some naysayers criticized her short hairstyle, Z hit back with the best, classiest response EVER! Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Zendaya Slams Haters who Criticized Her BET Awards Hairstyle in the Best, Most Hilarious Way," 29 June 2015 The Helios and Matheson CEO is unbothered by naysayers. Sarah Toy And Emily Bary, WSJ, "The Spectacular Rise and Fall of MoviePass," 9 July 2018 The more time passes, the more the naysayers come around (or die out). Jeff Stibel, USA TODAY, "How much time on mobile phones and online is bad for your mental health?," 26 Feb. 2018 But Kim, in an interview for her new line of Kimoji perfumes, was quick to correct the naysayers., "Kim Kardashian West Argues That Her Family Is "Self Made" — Here's Why," 13 July 2018 The naysayers weren’t shy about sharing their take, either. Ray Boyd,, "NBA Free Agency: Sixers' quest to sign LeBron James, what Philly fans really want," 30 June 2018 See, say the right-wing pundits: Trump’s abusive style of negotiating works. Don’t believe the nattering naysayers of the liberal media. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Credibility Problem Is Now America’s," 26 May 2018 Although some American manufacturers resisted efforts to ban trans fats a decade ago, the naysayers have been all but vanquished in the face of sobering research that began to accumulate in the 1990s. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide by 2023, W.H.O. Says," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of naysayer

1721, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of naysayer

: a person who says something will not work or is not possible : a person who denies, refuses, or opposes something

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