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
Examples of protest in a Sentence
He heard protests from the crowd.
She told him to go to bed despite his protests that he wasn't tired.
There were cries of protest when the verdict was announced.
The suspect surrendered his gun without protest.
She was so upset by their decision that she resigned in protest.
The students launched a protest against the tuition increase. Verb
The victim's family protested at the judge's sentence.
There is no use protesting. I will not change my mind.
The coach protested the referee's call.
The decision was protested by dozens of people.
Students protested at the civil rights rally.
They were protesting against the death penalty.
Peace activists protested the war.
She protested that the law was unfair.
“But I'm innocent!” he protested. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
And sometimes protests have to cross lines to make a point.—Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 The government is reviewing security around parliament after a recent protest trapped lawmakers inside.—Henry Austin, NBC News, 24 Nov. 2023 The protest, dubbed Shut It Down for Palestine, was largely peaceful despite the angry shouts and chants for a cease-fire to the war.—Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2023 The industry’s dirty legacy has held back hiring of graduates and led to public protests, hampering efforts to expand production and open new mines.—Yusuf Khan, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2023 Unusually, a protest vote may be coalescing around a centrist, Pieter Omtzigt, as the Dutch vote in national elections on Wednesday.—Claire Moses, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 The attempt to bring Altman back came after mass employee protests and Altman’s allies, including Microsoft executives, pushing for his return.—Paolo Confino, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 This was in part an offshoot of the growing youth activism around global warming during the late 2010s, with groups such as Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future beginning to stage school climate strikes and other protests around the world.—Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Nov. 2023 Part of this strategy, Stein says, has involved the release of the GoPro footage taken by Hamas terrorists during the Oct. 7 massacre (which was screened at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on Wednesday and drew protests from pro-Palestinian activists).—Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 12 Nov. 2023
Members of the city’s Jewish community, spurred by messages on social media, turned out in droves to support a coffee shop owner in Manhattan who had said that his employees had walked out to protest his company’s support for Israel.—Alan Yuhas, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2023 Columbia students protested over university administrators’ decision, which also put prohibitions on another group, Jewish Voice for Peace.—Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 24 Nov. 2023 Related The skeptics have legitimate points, but skeptics also protested electronic instruments, drum machines, CDs, file sharing and programmed tracks.—Tom Roland, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2023 Students and young people protested at universities and concerts, and the military responded with extreme violence.—Matthew Dursum, SPIN, 20 Nov. 2023 OpenAI employees have vocally protested Altman’s firing and the subsequent departure of Brockman.—Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Michigan originally protested Harbaugh’s suspension and sued the Big Ten, but, earlier this week, the school dropped the suit and agreed to accept that Harbaugh would not be on the sidelines for the rest of the season.—Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2023 Police disputed the groups' claim that members were protesting peacefully.—Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2023 Congressional staffers recently protested Congress’ lack of action with a public vigil, noting the outpour of demands for a cease-fire from constituents.—Evan Minsker, Pitchfork, 14 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from protester
Middle English, from Anglo-French protester, from Latin protestari, from pro- forth + testari to call to witness — more at pro-, testament
: a solemn declaration of opinion and usually of disagreement: as
: a solemn written declaration by a notary public or U.S. consul on behalf of the holder of an instrument (as a note) announcing dishonor and declaring the liability of all parties to the instrument for any loss or damage arising from such action
also: the action of making or causing to be made such a declaration with due service of notice of dishonor
: a declaration made by the master of a ship before a notary, consul, or other authorized officer upon arrival in port after a disaster declaring that any loss was not the fault of the crew but due to the disaster
: a declaration made by a party especially before or while paying a tax or performing a demanded act by which the declarer asserts that the justice or legality of the tax or act is disputed and that compliance is not voluntary
: the act of objecting or a gesture of disapproval
especially: a usually organized public demonstration of disapproval