pro·​tes·​ta·​tion | \ ˌprä-tə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce protestation (audio) , ˌprō-, -ˌte- \

Definition of protestation

: the act of protesting : a solemn declaration or avowal

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Examples of protestation in a Sentence

Despite his protestations to the contrary, he appears to be guilty. the governor went on television to make a passionate protestation of his innocence in the bribery scandal
Recent Examples on the Web This was a strange protestation for an author whose subjects include overbearing Jewish parents and rebellious sons, circumcision, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and the diasporic condition (as well as unexpected uses for kosher liver). The Economist, "Philip Roth’s uneventful turmoil," 31 Mar. 2021 But at least Maria can enjoy some acrobatic lovemaking with him in between his pouty protestations. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘On a Magical Night’ Review: Ghosts of Lovers Past and Present," 7 May 2020 His protestations may well hold the answer on striking the right balance. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court desperately seeks a “limiting principle” in Trump tax cases," 12 May 2020 Both the participants and audience have come to realize looking foolish is an acceptable tradeoff for the most obvious reward -- not love, protestations to the contrary notwithstanding, but achieving those coveted 15 minutes of fame. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Netflix's 'dating experiment' shows strip contestants of their senses," 15 Apr. 2020 Chanel Rion of One America News Network, a Trump-friendly outlet, and Brian Karem of Playboy, a vocal detractor of the president, share similar frustrations with the WHCA, which is refusing to budge despite their protestations. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'Played by Trump': Social distancing rules at White House briefings fuel resistance from unlikely duo," 7 Apr. 2020 For all these protestations, the market has treated it as a turning point. John Authers | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "FOMO Doesn’t Cut It as a Buy Signal for Stocks," 13 Nov. 2019 The Justice Department denied McCabe's appeal to avoid criminal charges, but the case still appears to be in limbo despite a judge's protestation. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Trump shook White House with furious swearing after Justice Department declined to prosecute Comey," 14 Feb. 2020 Howell also found that despite public protestations from the Trump administration that House Democrats have not actually launched a formal impeachment inquiry, one is underway. NBC News, "Judge says an impeachment inquiry is underway, orders Mueller grand jury docs released," 26 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of protestation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Apr 2021

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“Protestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of protestation

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

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