I researched help and examples on the uses of the word nay but found these inadequate/insubstantial.
The Free Dictionary has described:
- an archaic or dialect (except in voting by voice) word for no
- (noun) a. a person who votes in the negative b. a negative vote
- (adverb) (sentence modifier) an emphatic form of no
as an instance for an adverb, I found the following line:
and not only so but; not only that but also; indeed: many good, nay, noble qualities.
I see nay in the latter example as one that contains a compound connotation(s.) so could the same example be re-written in the following ways?
a)"not only did he have (many) good qualities, he had noble ones too" or
b)"not only were his qualities good, they were noble too"
I'm very uncertain and critical as to how nay is understood to describe the situations a) and b) because I understood all along that nay was another word for no.
I'm looking for a detailed review and examples of the meaning and utilisation of nay