protestation

noun pro·tes·ta·tion \ ˌprä-tə-ˈstā-shən , ˌprō- , -ˌte- \
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018

Definition of protestation

: the act of protesting : a solemn declaration or avowal

Examples of protestation in a Sentence

  1. Despite his protestations to the contrary, he appears to be guilty.

  2. the governor went on television to make a passionate protestation of his innocence in the bribery scandal

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First Known Use of protestation

14th century

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Definition of protestation for English Language Learners

  • : a strong statement that something is true when other people do not believe it is true



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