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noun pro·test \ˈprō-ˌtest\

Simple Definition of protest

  • : something said or done that shows disagreement with or disapproval of something

  • : an event at which people gather together to show strong disapproval about something

Full Definition of protest

  1. 1 :  a solemn declaration of opinion and usually of dissent: as a :  a sworn declaration that payment of a note or bill has been refused and that all responsible signers or debtors are liable for resulting loss or damage b :  a declaration made especially before or while paying that a tax is illegal and that payment is not voluntary

  2. 2 :  the act of objecting or a gesture of disapproval <resigned in protest>; especially :  a usually organized public demonstration of disapproval

  3. 3 :  a complaint, objection, or display of unwillingness usually to an idea or a course of action <went under protest>

  4. 4 :  an objection made to an official or a governing body of a sport

Examples of protest

  1. He heard protests from the crowd.

  2. She told him to go to bed despite his protests that he wasn't tired.

  3. There were cries of protest when the verdict was announced.

  4. The suspect surrendered his gun without protest.

  5. She was so upset by their decision that she resigned in protest.

  6. The students launched a protest against the tuition increase.

Origin of protest

Middle English, from protester

First Known Use: 15th century



verb pro·test \prə-ˈtest, ˈprō-ˌ, prō-ˈ\

Simple Definition of protest

  • : to show or express strong disagreement with or disapproval of something ( US )

  • : to show or express strong disapproval of something at a public event with other people ( US )

  • : to say (something that other people do not agree with or believe) in a forceful way

Full Definition of protest

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make solemn declaration or affirmation of <protest my innocence>

  3. 2 :  to execute or have executed a formal protest against (as a bill or note)

  4. 3 :  to make a statement or gesture in objection to <protested the abuses of human rights>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to make a protestation

  7. 2 :  to make or enter a protest

pro·test·er or pro·tes·tor play \-ˈtes-tər, -ˌtes-\ noun

Examples of protest

  1. The victim's family protested at the judge's sentence.

  2. There is no use protesting. I will not change my mind.

  3. The coach protested the referee's call.

  4. The decision was protested by dozens of people.

  5. Students protested at the civil rights rally.

  6. They were protesting against the death penalty.

  7. Peace activists protested the war.

  8. She protested that the law was unfair.

  9. But I'm innocent! he protested.

Origin of protest

Middle English, from Anglo-French protester, from Latin protestari, from pro- forth + testari to call to witness — more at pro-, testament

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of protest

assert, declare, affirm, protest, avow mean to state positively usually in anticipation of denial or objection. assert implies stating confidently without need for proof or regard for evidence <asserted that modern music is just noise>. declare stresses open or public statement <declared her support for the candidate>. affirm implies conviction based on evidence, experience, or faith <affirmed the existence of an afterlife>. protest emphasizes affirming in the face of denial or doubt <protested that he really had been misquoted>. avow stresses frank declaration and acknowledgment of personal responsibility for what is declared <avowed that all investors would be repaid in full>.

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