withsay

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English withseien, from Old English wiþsecgan ‎(to speak against; to denounce, renounce, or deny), corresponding to with- +‎ say. Cognate with Old Saxon witharseggian ‎(to object), Low German wedderseggen ‎(to renounce), German widersagen ‎(to renounce), Dutch wederzeggen and weerzeggen.

Verb[edit]

withsay ‎(third-person singular simple present withsays, present participle withsaying, simple past and past participle withsaid)

  1. (heading, transitive) To speak against someone or something.
    1. To contradict or deny.
    2. To gainsay, to oppose in speech (and by extension writing).
      • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
        Let the lewd with faith and fervour worship. With will will we withstand, withsay.
    3. To forbid, to refuse to allow, give, or permit.
      • c. 1530, St. German's Dyaloge Doctoure & Student, VI f xiii:
        I wyll not withsaye thy desyre.
    4. To decline, to refuse to do or accept.
      • c. 1670, ordinance in Collection of Ordinances of the Royal Household - 1327–1694 (1790), 372:
        This is in noe wise to bee withsaid, for it is the King's honour.
      • 2000, James Farl Powers, Morte D'Urban:
        He was mild to good men of God and stark beyond all bounds to those who withsaid his will.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English wiþsecgan ‎(to speak against; to denounce, renounce, or deny), corresponding to with- +‎ say. Cognate with Old Saxon witharseggian ‎(to object), Low German wedderseggen ‎(to renounce), German widersagen ‎(to renounce).

Verb[edit]

withsay

  1. (rare) To renounce, to give up.
  2. To contradict or deny.
    • c. 1225, Ancrene Riwle (Cleopatra C vi), 68:
      Ȝef an mon...deð swa muche mis. þet hit beo se open sunne. þet he hit ne maȝe nanesweis allunge wið seggen.
    • c. 1445, in W. P. Baildon, Select cases in Chancery, A.D. 1364 to 1471 (1896), 136:
      He withseieth not the matier conteigned in the seid bille of complainte.
  3. To forbid, to refuse to allow, give, or permit.
    • c. 1450, Merlin (1899), XIV 204:
      I will in no wise with-sey that ye requere.
  4. To decline, to refuse to do or accept.

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  • English: withsay

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Old Saxon witharseggian ‎(to object), Low German wedderseggen ‎(to renounce), German widersagen ‎(to renounce).

Verb[edit]

withsay

  1. (rare) To renounce, to give up.
    • c. 960, Rituale Ecclesiæ Dunelmensis (1840), 34:
      Terrena desideria respuentes, eardlico lvsto wiðsæcgende.
  2. To gainsay, to oppose in speech (and by extension writing).

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