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Nay vs. Yes — What's the Difference?

Nay vs. Yes — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Nay and Yes

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Nay

No
All but four Democrats voted nay.
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Yes

Used to give an affirmative response
‘Do you understand?’ ‘Yes.’
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Nay

And moreover
He was ill-favored, nay, hideous.
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Yes

Used as a response to someone addressing one or trying to attract one's attention
‘Oh, Mr Lawrence.’ ‘Yes?’
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Nay

A denial or refusal.
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Yes

Used to question a remark
‘It should be easy to check.’ ‘Oh yes? How?’
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Nay

A negative vote or voter.
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Yes

Encouraging someone to continue speaking
‘When you bought those photographs …’ ‘Yes?’
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Nay

No.
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Yes

Expressing great pleasure or excitement
Plenty to eat, including hot hamburger sandwiches (yes!)
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Nay

Introducing a statement, without direct negation.
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Yes

Expressing irritation or impatience
‘Is the pain still there?’ ‘Yes, yes, damn you, the pain is always there’
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Nay

Or rather, or should I say; moreover (introducing a stronger and more appropriate expression than the preceding one).
His face was dirty, nay, filthy.
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Yes

An affirmative answer or decision, especially in voting
Answering with assured and ardent yeses
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Nay

(archaic) No.
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Yes

It is so; as you say or ask. Used to express affirmation, agreement, positive confirmation, or consent.
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Nay

A vote against.
I vote nay, even though the motion is popular, because I would rather be right than popular.
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Yes

An affirmative or consenting reply.
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Nay

A person who voted against.
The vote is 4 in favor and 20 opposed; the nays have it.
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Yes

An affirmative vote or voter.
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Nay

(archaic) A denial; a refusal.
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Yes

To give an affirmative reply to.
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Nay

(obsolete) To refuse.
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Yes

Used to express great satisfaction, approval, or happiness.
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Nay

(obsolete) Nary. en
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Yes

(interrogative) Used to ask for more information with a request.
I need some help.
Yes?
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Nay

No; - a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no. Opposed to aye or yea. See also Yes.
And eke when I say "ye," ne say not "nay."
I tell you nay; but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
And now do they thrust us out privily? nay, verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
He that will not when he may,When he would he shall have nay.
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Yes

An affirmative expression; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
Was that a yes?
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Nay

Not this merely, but also; not only so, but; - used to mark the addition or substitution of a more explicit or more emphatic phrase.
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Yes

A vote of support or in favor/favour of something.
The workers voted on whether to strike, and there were thirty "yeses" and one "no".
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Nay

Denial; refusal.
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Yes

To agree with, affirm, approve.
Did he yes the veto?
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Nay

A negative vote; one who votes in the negative.
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Yes

(slang) to attempt to flatter someone by habitually agreeing
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Nay

To refuse.
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Yes

Ay; yea; - a word which expresses affirmation or consent; - opposed to no.
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Nay

A negative;
The nays have it
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Yes

An affirmative;
I was hoping for a yes
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Nay

Not this merely but also; not only so but;
Each of us is peculiar, nay, in a sense unique
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