gainsay (v.) Old form(s): gaine-say
deny, renounce, disown
H8 II.iv.96[Wolsey to Queen Katherine, of King Henry] If it be known to him / That I gainsay my deed
WT III.ii.55[Leontes to all, of Hermione's denial of the accusations] I ne'er heard yet / That any of these bolder vices wanted / Less impudence to gainsay what they did
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