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protest Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a formal and solemn declaration of objection
    • they finished the game under protest to the league president
    • the senator rose to register his protest
    • the many protestations did not stay the execution
  2. noun the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent
    objection; dissent.
  3. noun the act of making a strong public expression of disagreement and disapproval
    • he shouted his protests at the umpire
    • a shower of protest was heard from the rear of the hall
  4. verb utter words of protest
  5. verb express opposition through action or words
    resist; dissent.
    • dissent to the laws of the country
  6. verb affirm or avow formally or solemnly
    • The suspect protested his innocence

Pro*test" intransitive verb
F. protester, L. protestari, pro before + testari to be a witness, testis a witness. See Testify.
imperfect & past participle Protested; present participle & verbal noun Protesting
  1. To affirm in a public or formal manner; to bear witness; to declare solemnly; to avow.
    He protest that his measures are pacific. Landor.
    The lady doth protest too much, methinks. Shak.
  2. To make a solemn declaration (often a written one) expressive of opposition; -- with against; as, he protest against your votes. Denham.
    The conscience has power . . . to protest againts the exorbitancies of the passions. Shak.
    Syn. -- To affirm; asseverate; assert; aver; attest; testify; declare; profess. See Affirm.
Pro*test" transitive verb
  1. To make a solemn declaration or affirmation of; to proclaim; to display; as, to protest one's loyalty.
    I will protest your cowardice. Shak.
  2. To call as a witness in affirming or denying, or to prove an affirmation; to appeal to.
    Fiercely [they] opposed My journey strange, with clamorous uproar Protesting fate supreme. Milton.
    Kent. Story.
Pro"test noun
Cf. F. protêt, It. protesto. See Protest, v.
  1. A solemn declaration of opinion, commonly a formal objection against some act; especially, a formal and solemn declaration, in writing, of dissent from the proceedings of a legislative body; as, the protest of lords in Parliament.
  2. (Law) (a) A solemn declaration in writing, in due form, made by a notary public, usually under his notarial seal, on behalf of the holder of a bill or note, protesting against all parties liable for any loss or damage by the nonacceptance or nonpayment of the bill, or by the nonpayment of the note, as the case may be. (b) A declaration made by the master of a vessel before a notary, consul, or other authorized officer, upon his arrival in port after a disaster, stating the particulars of it, and showing that any damage or loss sustained was not owing to the fault of the vessel, her officers or crew, but to the perils of the sea, etc., ads the case may be, and protesting against them. (c) A declaration made by a party, before or while paying a tax, duty, or the like, demanded of him, which he deems illegal, denying the justice of the demand, and asserting his rights and claims, in order to show that the payment was not voluntary. Story. Kent.

Webster 1913