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 does it mean to gainsay something?
- To say that it isn’t true.
- To publicly make fun of it.
- To compete against it.