withsay (withsays, present participle withsaying; past withsaid, past participle withsaid)

  1. (archaic or obsolete, transitive) To speak against someone or something.
    1. To contradict or deny.
      • 1530, John Palsgrave, Lesclarcissement, 783/2:
        Sythe I have sayd it, I wyll never withsay it.
    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.
      • circa 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.
      • circa 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.
      • 1900 (original version 1260), Jacobus (de Voragine), ‎William Caxton, ‎Frederick Startridge Ellis, The Golden Legend, Or, Lives of the Saints - Volume 4:
        I sent to them also martyrs, confessors, and doctors, and they accorded not to them, ne to their doctrine, but because it appertaineth not to me to withsay thy request, I shall give to them my preachers, by whom they may be enlumined and made clean, or else I shall come against them myself if they will not amend them.
      • 2000, J. F. 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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