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[ney-sey-er] /ˈneɪˌseɪ ər/

a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views:
Despite a general feeling that things were going well, a few naysayers tried to cast gloom.

1721, from verb naysay (implied from 1530s in naysaying); from nay + say (v.). Nay-say “refusal” is from 1630s.


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