pro·​tes·​ta·​tion | \ˌprä-tə-ˈstā-shən, ˌprō-, -ˌte-\

Definition of protestation 

: the act of protesting : a solemn declaration or avowal

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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

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Even Gandhi’s own pietism, for all his protestations of love and friendship, could set Muslim nerves on edge. Ferdinand Mount, WSJ, "‘Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World’ Review: The Prophet as Politician," 1 Nov. 2018 And his protestation of ignorance certainly seemed to be true. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The rise, fall, and unlikely return of Murphy Brown, explained," 27 Sep. 2018 And despite the protestations of the network, the executive producers and a few of its stars, the show's identity is steeped in controversy. Helena Andrews-dyer,, "In the 'Roseanne' finale, 'government can really help people'; for the series, it helped ratings," 23 May 2018 Cohen’s newfound love of family and country stands in marked contrast to earlier protestations of supreme devotion to his client Donald Trump. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Has Michael Cohen flipped on Trump?," 2 July 2018 Despite his protestations to the contrary, no penalty was given and, as play was allowed to continue, Ronaldo allowed himself a wry smile. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The Defining Moment of Another World Cup Game Belongs to Cristiano Ronaldo," 20 June 2018 Over his protestations, the full D.C. Circuit, in due time, sided with the teen. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "In Kavanaugh, Trump Found Another Judge Who Will Kiss the Ring," 10 July 2018 Grace’s good manners and longtime protestations of innocence have convinced some that she has been taken advantage of. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "A Look Beneath the Veil of Alias Grace’s Showstopping Hypnotism," 25 June 2018 Russia has previously made angry protestations about the deepening entwinement of Poland’s military with the Atlantic alliance. Laura King,, "Poland sees opportunity and peril in NATO summit and Trump-Putin meeting," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of protestation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of protestation

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

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