protestation

noun
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

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, 31 Mar. 2021 But at least Maria can enjoy some acrobatic lovemaking with him in between his pouty protestations. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, 7 May 2020 His protestations may well hold the answer on striking the right balance. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, 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, 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, 7 Apr. 2020 For all these protestations, the market has treated it as a turning point. John Authers | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 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, 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, 26 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of protestation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Protestation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protestation. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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