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gainsay

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of gainsay

  1. 1 to declare not to be true it can't be gainsaid that most people wish they had more time and money Synonyms of gainsay contradict, disaffirm, disallow, disavow, disclaim, disconfirm, disown, deny, negate, negative, refute, reject, repudiateWords Related to gainsay traverse; challenge, confute, disprove, rebut; disagree (with), disputeNear Antonyms of gainsay accept, adopt, embrace, espouse; affirm, announce, assert, aver, claim, declare, maintain, profess, submit; authenticate, corroborate, substantiate, validate, verifyAntonyms of gainsay acknowledge, admit, allow, avow, concede, confirm, own

  2. 2 to make an assertion that is contrary to one made by (another) repeatedly tried to gainsay me, though every point I made was backed up by facts Synonyms of gainsay disagree (with), contradictWords Related to gainsay challenge, contest, dispute, question; confute, rebut, refute; cross, fight, oppose, resistNear Antonyms of gainsay confirm, corroborate, substantiate, verify; attest, authenticate, avouch, certify, testify (to), vouch (for), witnessAntonyms of gainsay agree (with), concur (with)

Synonym Discussion of gainsay

deny, gainsay, contradict, contravene mean to refuse to accept as true or valid. deny implies a firm refusal to accept as true, to grant or concede, or to acknowledge the existence or claims of.
    • denied the charges
gainsay implies disputing the truth of what another has said.
    • no one can gainsay her claims
contradict implies an open or flat denial.
    • her account contradicts his
contravene implies not so much an intentional opposition as some inherent incompatibility.
    • laws that contravene tradition

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