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noun as in pessimist

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The most notable naysayer was Francis Crick, the Nobel Prize-winning co-discoverer of the structure of DNA who later became a neuroscientist.

They are willing to openly question the premise or logic or value of an idea, and they somehow manage to do this without building a reputation for being a naysayer or difficult to work with.

From Quartz

Despite the naysayers, Peloton has managed to soar in the past year, posting profits and ever-growing revenue in recent quarters even while struggling to produce quickly enough to match demand.

From Fortune

So when you go to people in these various agencies, they are professional naysayers, they say, “Well, we can’t do that.”

From Eater

As AT&T executes the largest strategic transformation in the Fortune 500, some of what the naysayers warned of is coming true.

From Fortune

“I agree with the naysayers—in fact, I pretty much am a naysayer,” concludes Noller.

Nowinski admits that the league “went from being a naysayer to a powerful advocate” for the cause.


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On this page you'll find 11 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to naysayer, such as: cynic, complainer, defeatist, downer, killjoy, and misanthrope.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.