- an expression or declaration of objection, disapproval, or dissent, often in opposition to something a person is powerless to prevent or avoid: a protest against increased taxation.
- a formal notarial certificate attesting the fact that a check, note, or bill of exchange has been presented for acceptance or payment and that it has been refused.
- the action taken to fix the liability for a dishonored bill of exchange or note.
- (upon one's payment of a tax or other state or city exaction) a formal statement disputing the legality of the demand.
- a written and attested declaration made by the master of a ship stating the circumstances under which some damage has happened to the ship or cargo, or other circumstances involving the liability of the officers, crew, etc.
- Sports. a formal objection or complaint made to an official.
- to give manifest expression to objection or disapproval; remonstrate.
- to make solemn or earnest declaration.
- to make a protest or remonstrance against; object to.
- to say in protest or remonstrance.
- to declare solemnly or earnestly; affirm; assert.
- to make a formal declaration of the nonacceptance or nonpayment of (a bill of exchange or note).
- Obsolete. to call to witness.
Origin of protest
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Examples from the Web for protest
Police, their representatives and supporters tell us, ensure our freedom of speech through our ability to protest.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead
January 8, 2015
The Moscow protest was not sanctioned, which meant every participant risked arrest.Russia’s Rebel In Chief Escapes House Arrest
December 30, 2014
For now, Sabrine continues her daily routine of visits to the protest camp, to political leaders and taking care of the twins.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
His hunger strike in December 2011 received nation-wide recognition and was one of the sparks that ignited the protest movement.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
This Oath Keeper was there for the protest, which had yet to materialize, and had a few friends joining him, he told me.NYC’s Garner Protesters vs. Pro-Cop Protesters
December 20, 2014
And before the trapper could make a protest he had drawn back into the horse shed.Way of the Lawless
His heavy voice rang out rebukingly, overtoned with protest.
When, at last, words came, they were a frantic prayer of protest.
His love was purely selfish, for he brushed aside her protest as if she had not spoken.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I can feel his eyes on me, and I cannot raise my voice in protest, for do not I countenance it?Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- public, often organized, dissent or manifestation of such dissent
- (as modifier)a protest march
- a declaration or objection that is formal or solemn
- an expression of disagreement or complaintwithout a squeak of protest
- a formal notarial statement drawn up on behalf of a creditor and declaring that the debtor has dishonoured a bill of exchange or promissory note
- the action of drawing up such a statement
- a formal declaration by a taxpayer disputing the legality or accuracy of his assessment
- a statement made by the master of a vessel attesting to the circumstances in which his vessel was damaged or imperilled
- the act of protesting
- under protest having voiced objections; unwillingly
- (when intr, foll by against, at, about, etc; when tr, may take a clause as object) to make a strong objection (to something, esp a supposed injustice or offence)
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to assert or affirm in a formal or solemn manner
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to put up arguments against; disagree; complain; object``I'm okay,'' she protested; he protested that it was not his turn to wash up
- (tr) mainly US to object forcefully toleaflets protesting Dr King's murder
- (tr) to declare formally that (a bill of exchange or promissory note) has been dishonoured
Word Origin and History for protest
c.1400, "avowal, pledge, solemn declaration," from Old French protest (Modern French prôtet), from preotester, and directly from Latin protestari "declare publicly, testify, protest," from pro- "forth, before" (see pro-) + testari "testify," from testis "witness" (see testament).
Meaning "statement of disapproval" first recorded 1751; adjectival sense of "expressing of dissent from, or rejection of, prevailing mores" is from 1953, in reference to U.S. civil rights movement. First record of protest march is from 1959.
mid-15c., "to declare or state formally or solemnly," from Old French protester, from Latin protestari "declare publicly, testify, protest" (see protest (n.)). Original sense preserved in to protest one's innocence. Related: Protested; protesting.