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 nay-saying (audio) \ 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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Still, Cyrus does dance suggestively in the clip, triggering some naysayers to speak up. Ashley Lee,, "Why Miley Cyrus’ ‘Mother’s Daughter’ video pays tribute to feminist protest groups," 2 July 2019 With subsequent productions and a first-rate film in 1983 — featuring Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley and Patricia Hodge — earlier naysayers began to perceive a creeping depth and delicacy in the work, which for me now ranks among Pinter’s finest. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Tom Hiddleston in a Love Triangle Undone by ‘Betrayal’," 5 Sep. 2019 Someone plans to meet all those nagging naysayers head on. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Machado’s ‘bet’ with Dodgers fan shows off new Padres edge," 6 July 2019 Then again, the New Kids, and their fans, have proven naysayers wrong before. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Kids on the Block make nostalgia feel fresh again at Milwaukee stop of 'The Mixtape Tour'," 21 Jan. 2015 Give yourself time to bring naysayers around to your point of view. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for Aug. 10, 2019: Happy birthday Rosanna Arquette; Gemini, go out and enjoy the summer sun," 10 Aug. 2019 Netflix's fast-falling cash flow and burgeoning debt has naysayers branding the great disruptor as a house of cards. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "This Model Shows How Netflix Can Earn its $145 Billion Valuation—Or Blow It," 31 July 2019 Regardless, the Bengals will have an entire regular season to prove naysayers wrong. Tyler Dragon,, "Cincinnati Bengals not bothered by low expectations from NFL media this season," 24 July 2019 Inevitably with a campaign that leverages celebrity, naysayers will scoff at the idea that musicians could hold enough sway to affect the outcome of an election. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "46 Shows in 46 Cities to Elect the Next President: New Campaign Aims to Unseat Donald Trump With a Coordinated Music Effort," 24 July 2019

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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

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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concealment of treason or felony

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