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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).

Againsay, Aganesay, v. [ME. ageyn-, againsay (1330), to refuse, deny, contradict. Cf. Gainsay v.]

1. intr. To say by way of contradiction. 14.. Acts I. 72/2.
Henry … haffand the ward of the … landis and agane sayand at the said Elyne aucht nocht til haf ony part of the said lande of Keryntoun

2. tr. To speak or act against; to oppose, obstruct. 1400 Maxwell Mem. I. 142.
Gif it hapnis Schyr Jon … thir forsayd connandis … tyl agayn cum, or tyl agayn say
1429 Acts II. 18/1.
The recounter was fundyn neuer to … haf remede to agaynsay that dome
1447 Reg. Great S. IV. 68/2.
[He] sal … never … revoke, againsay or withstand the said deliverance
1476 Acta Aud. 57/2.
The dome … wes evil gevin and wele again said, for diuerse Resons
1538 Breadalbane Doc. (Reg. H.) No. 48.
The saidis parteis ar oblist … neuir to agane say nor revoik nane of the promis abone vritine
1566 Lanark B. Rec. 33.
Gef ony man wald objek or again say ane edik
1579 Prot. Bk. J. Scott 75 b.
Scho nathing opponing nor agane saying the same
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 84 b.
The vnlaw of ane dome againe said, and falsified before the Justitiar, is ten pounds
1622-6 Bisset I. 281/6.
Thir ar the ressonis … quhy the dome … wes evill gevin and weill agane sayd

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