Middle English Dictionary Entry

withseien v.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

Note: Cp. ayen-saien v., yenseien v.
(a) To speak against someone or something, make a protest; voice opposition (to sb. or sth.); also, med. give a contraindication [last quot.]; (b) to oppose (sb. or sth.) verbally; also, denounce (sb. or sth.); also, voice (words) in opposition; utter (words against sb.); (c) to resist (God, temptation, etc.); oppose (someone’s power, commandment, etc.) [occas. difficult to distinguish from (b) and vice versa]; strive against (sb.); also, show contempt for (a law).
(a) To make a refutation or counterargument; provide refutation [quot. a1387]; also, make a denial; (b) to contradict (sb. or sth.), refute; also in fig. context; also, be inconsistent with (each other) [quot. a1402]; (c) to dispute the validity of (a title, an agreement, etc.); challenge (a decision); (d) to deny (sth.).
To renounce (sth.), repudiate;—also without obj. [quot. c1400]; also, disavow (an oath).
(a) To make a refusal; (b) to refuse (sb.); refuse (sth.); also, refuse (sb. sth.); (c) to refuse permission to (sb.), forbid, restrain.