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

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But taking this route is inevitably a recipe for contestation, protestation and even violent confrontation. Moses Khisa, Quartz Africa, "President Museveni has twisted Uganda’s constitution to cling to power," 21 June 2019 Amgen outlined some of those protestations in a statement on Friday. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Big Drug Makers Sue to Block Mandatory Price Disclosures in TV Ads: Brainstorm Health," 14 June 2019 To the mix of longtime China hawks and trade hawks now driving U.S. policy, national security matters more than economic friction, and many of the protestations from the U.S. business community may fall on deaf ears. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Mike Pence Announces Cold War II," 8 Oct. 2018 To leer, grope, force, no matter what age, profession, protestation. Michael Arceneaux, Glamour, "If We Want Men to Be a Part of #MeToo, We Have to Stop Gendering the Movement," 27 Aug. 2018 And the narrative thread about Daryl and Maggie wanting to kill Negan at all costs, despite Rick’s protestations, still feels like conflict orchestrated solely to divide the longtime allies in Rick’s final moments. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead just pulled its best switcheroo in years," 29 Oct. 2018 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

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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

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

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