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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Gainsay, Gainsayer, Gainsaying

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A — 1: ἀντιλέγω

(Strong's #483 — Verb — antilego — an-til'-eg-o )

"to contradict, oppose," lit., "say against," is translated "gainsaying" in Romans 10:21; Titus 2:9 , RV (AV, "answering again"), of servants in regard to masters; in Titus 1:9 "gainsayers." Moulton and Milligan (Vocab.) illustrate from the papyri "the strong sense of antilego in Romans 10:21 , 'contradict,' 'oppose'." See ANSWER , CONTRADICT.

A — 2: ἀντέπω

(Strong's #471 — Verb — anteipon — an-tep'-o )

which serves as an aorist tense of No. 1, is rendered "gainsay" in Luke 21:15; "say against" in Acts 4:14 . See SAY.

B — 1: ἀντιλογία

(Strong's #485 — Noun Feminine — antilogia — an-tee-log-ee'-ah )

akin to A, No. 1, is rendered "gainsaying," in Hebrews 12:3 , RV, and Jude 1:11 . Opposition in act seems to be implied in these two places; though this sense has been questioned by some, it is confirmed by instances from the papyri (Moulton and Milligan, Vocab.). See CONTRADICTION , DISPUTE , STRIFE.

C — 1: ἀναντίρρητος

(Strong's #368 — Adjective — anantirrhetos — an-an-tir'-hray-tos )

lit., "not to be spoken against" (a, negative, n, euphonic, anti, "against," rhetos, "spoken"), is rendered "cannot be gainsaid" in Acts 19:36 , RV.

D — 1: ἀναντιρρήτως

(Strong's #369 — Adverb — anantirrhetos — an-an-tir-hray'-toce )

corresponding to C, is translated "without gainsaying" in Acts 10:29; it might be rendered "unquestioningly."

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Gainsay, Gainsayer, Gainsaying'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/g/gainsay-gainsayer-gainsaying.html. 1940.

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