My mother is considered the top baker in our family, but when Aunt Sully visits she gainsays that widely held opinion by denying that Mom is the best. During a cake-baking contest, Sully gainsaid or went against the judge’s decision that Mom’s chocolate torte was the winner: Sully vocally voted for her own almond mousse cake instead. Unfortunately, my aunt embarrassed my mother by gainsaying or opposing the prize in front of everyone.
Quiz: What statement is an example of someone’s gainsaying something?
- “This is utterly ridiculous and completely false!”
- “This is definitely something worth supporting.”
- “If you will just give me a moment, I can explain what this means.”