1. [syn: challenge, dispute, gainsay]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gainsay \Gain`say"\ (? or ?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Gainsaid (? or ?); p. pr. & vb. n. Gainsaying.] [OE.
geinseien, ageinseien. See Again, and Say to utter.]
To contradict; to deny; to controvert; to dispute; to forbid.
I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your
adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
The just gods gainsay
That any drop thou borrow'dst from thy mother,
My sacred aunt, should by my mortal sword
Be drained. --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: take exception to; "She challenged his claims" [syn:
challenge, dispute, gainsay]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
46 Moby Thesaurus words for "gainsay":
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