nay·​say·​er | \ ˈnā-ˌsā-ər How to pronounce naysayer (audio) , -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 How to pronounce naysayer (audio) \ noun

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There are always naysayers who say it can't be done. those naysayers who attack the integrity of the entire judicial system
Recent Examples on the Web Or, prove naysayers right: that wins like Ocasio-Cortez’s are an exception to the rule. Elly Belle,, "Jessica Cisneros Loses Texas Race To Anti-Abortion Democrat Henry Cuellar," 4 Mar. 2020 Larry seems to prove those naysayers right on opening night, which takes place in the season finale. Peter Allen Clark, Time, "The 12 Best Curb Your Enthusiasm Cameos of All Time," 17 Jan. 2020 Although plenty of naysayers are skeptical about Quibi's potential, the same could have been said of streaming goliath, Netflix in its early days. CNN, "Short clips, big risk: This mysterious startup wants to turn streaming on its head," 3 Oct. 2019 When Nike unveiled its size-inclusive mannequins and announced that its apparel would now include up to women’s size 32, many of us rejoiced, but there was a chorus of naysayers who insisted that this was just unacceptable. Danielle Young, Essence, "Why Is Body Positivity So Negative?," 23 Aug. 2019 Those naysayers were proven right on Monday, as the league's parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after being forced to suspend operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nick Schwartz, USA TODAY, "The XFL is gone but not forgotten," 15 Apr. 2020 Although stationed in Pretoria, many of his tweets are targeted at China’s naysayers in Washington DC. Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Quartz Africa, "How China’s South Africa ambassador became one of its top US antagonists on Twitter," 21 Mar. 2020 Longtime workers began doubting managers’ assurances and believing naysayers like Daniel Arthur., "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 The carb loading commences with chips and gauc, plus a black bean and brown rice bowl with tempeh chorizo, pico de gallo, and cashew crema— a dish even vegan naysayers will enjoy. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "How to Pack for a Sporty Weekend in L.A.," 10 Mar. 2020

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1721, in the meaning defined above

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“Naysayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of naysayer

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

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