Negate vs Nill - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between negate and nill
is that negate
is to deny the existence, evidence, or truth of; to contradict while nill
is to be unwilling; will not (+ infinitive
As a noun nill is
shining sparks thrown off from melted brass.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
To deny the existence, evidence, or truth of; to contradict.
To nullify or cause to be ineffective.
- The investigation tending to negate any supernatural influences.
To be negative; bring or cause negative results.
- Progress on the study has been negated by the lack of funds.
(computing) To perform the NOT operation on.
- a pessimism that always negates
From (etyl) nillen, from (etyl) nillan, nellan, . Cognate with (etyl) nelle.
To be unwilling; will not (+ infinitive ).
*1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queen) , III.v:
*:I here auow thee neuer to forsake. / Ill weares he armes, that nill them vse for Ladies sake.
*1600 , (Edward Fairfax), The (Jerusalem Delivered) of (w), XII, lxi:
*:What I nill tell you ask (quoth she) in vain, / Nor mov'd by prayer, nor constrain'd by power.
To be unwilling.
*:So the knight of Ireland armed him at all points,, and rode after a great pace, as much as his horse might go; and within a little space on a mountain he had a sight of Balin, and with a loud voice he cried, Abide, knight, for ye shall abide whether ye will or nill , and the shield that is to-fore you shall not help.
*::Soo the knyght of Irelonde armed hym at al poyntes /and rode after a grete paas as moche as his hors myght goo / and within a lytel space on a montayne he had a syghte of Balyn / and with a lowde voys he cryed abyde knyght / for ye shal abyde whether ye will or nyll / and the sheld that is to fore you shalle not helpe
*1955 , , (The Lord of the Rings) (Appendices):
*:I must indeed abide the Doom of Men, whether I will or I nill .
To reject, refuse, negate.
*1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queen) , II.vii:
*:Certes (said he) I n’ill thine offred grace, / Ne to be made so happy do intend.
Compare Irish and Gaelic (neul) star, light. Compare (nebula).
Shining sparks thrown off from melted brass.
Scales of hot iron from the forge.
English auxiliary verbs