pro·​tes·​ta·​tion ˌprä-tə-ˈstā-shən How to pronounce protestation (audio)
: the act of protesting : a solemn declaration or avowal

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 Washington long held, against Saudi protestations, that the Houthis didn’t or couldn’t possibly pose a significant threat beyond Yemen. Hussein Ibish, The Atlantic, 24 Jan. 2024 Against weak protestations from everyone — including Nicole Kidman, returning as his mother — Aquaman teams up with Orm to save his family and the world. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Dec. 2023 But our frequent protestations that democracy is fragile and that freedom, as Ronald Reagan said, is always one generation away from extinction is not very appealing to people around the world. TIME, 9 Jan. 2024 In hindsight, their relatively mild protestations about the Vietnam War and other issues seem simply to have mirrored changing public sentiment. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Dec. 2023 The most touching of protestations came from Bryan Cranston, who stepped up to the microphone at a SAG-AFTRA rally in Times Square, on July 25th. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2023 That meant that 50 million to 60 million viewers were watching in real time, and arguing it out on Monday morning around the water cooler, generating praise and protestations from progressives and conservatives alike. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2023 Jaros, the law professor, said these arguments from prosecutors mirror the protestations made more than half a century ago when the U.S. Supreme Court determined police have to inform a person of their right to remain silent and right to an attorney before questioning. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 5 Sep. 2023 In an indelible scene of this cult classic, Alice’s character warns her eldest daughter (Lonette McKee) about a drug-peddling partner, only to be met with protestations. Hazlitt, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of protestation was in the 14th century

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“Protestation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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pro·​tes·​ta·​tion ˌprät-əs-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce protestation (audio)
: the act of protesting
: a positive declaration
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