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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of gainsay.


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  • Did you know that MLK used the word gainsaid actually "gainsaying" in his Letter From a Birmingham Jail?

    Racism over, black people say.

  • Ann's suggestion that the use of "gainsaid" in Brennan's opinion was "sheer pretension, a modern person's idea of how to sound like you came from the 19th century," has a little pretense to it as well.

    "It cannot be gainsaid..."

  • But what's this "sense of revulsion" that has come over Ann, just from a chance encounter with "gainsaid"?

    "It cannot be gainsaid..."

  • When others spoke they seemed harsh and uncouth by contrast; and if they gainsaid the voice, anger was kindled in the hearts of those under the spell.

    May 26th, 2009

  • Apple's head of industrial design, Jonathan Ive, who worked with Jobs on such popular products as the iPod, iPhone and iPad, spoke too; Jobs reportedly said that he set the company structure up so that Ive's decisions on design could not be gainsaid.

    Apple offers video of company's Steve Jobs memorial

  • Even Hamas and Likud agree: The epic suck of “Enterprise” cannot be gainsaid.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Final Frontier

  • The conquistadors were greedy and brutal, to be sure, but their often insane bravery cannot be gainsaid.

    His Wealth of Nations

  • So I find the plan of my original enterprise falling away from me; I must give it up; there is something formidable about Dickens that may not be gainsaid.

    The Dark Side of Dickens

  • While not the stated objective of policy, this reverse Robin Hood outcome cannot be gainsaid: the share of wealth held by the top 1 percent of households has risen to 35 percent from 21 percent since 1979, while their share of income has more than doubled to around 20 percent.

    Harlan Green: Starving the Beast of Government Starves U.S.

  • “You are not to be gainsaid, I can tell, so I shall not try.”

    One Night in Scotland


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