naysayer

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See also: nay-sayer

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Origin: 1715–1725, from nay +‎ say +‎ -er, equivalent to naysay +‎ -er. First recorded use: 1721.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈneɪ.ˌseɪ.ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈneɪ.ˌseɪ.ɚ/
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  • Hyphenation: nay‧say‧er

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naysayer (plural naysayers)

  1. One who consistently denies, criticizes, or doubts; a detractor.
    He ignored the naysayers and succeeded with his idea.
    • 2022 January 12, Nigel Harris, “Comment: Unhappy start to 2022”, in RAIL, number 948, page 3:
      As for the IRP, Secretary of State Grant Shapps continues to peddle snake oil, smoke and mirrors. His reaction to near-universal IRP condemnation from politicians, local and national media, and all but a few rail specialists was to dismiss the lot of us (in the condescending and patronising tone we have now come to expect) as "critics and naysayers".

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