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[prot-uh-stey-shuh n, proh-tuh-, -te-] /ˌprɒt əˈsteɪ ʃən, ˌproʊ tə-, -tɛ-/
the act of protesting or affirming.
a solemn or earnest declaration or affirmation.
formal expression or declaration of objection, dissent, or disapproval; protest.
Origin of protestation
1300-50; Middle English protestacio(u)n < Late Latin prōtestātiōn- (stem of prōtestātiō) declaration. See protest, -ation
Related forms
nonprotestation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for protestation
Historical Examples
  • The two women were rather startled, but refrained from all protestation.

  • I smiled, and my eyes must have told her more than any protestation could.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • The mate sprang into the fore-rigging with an oath of protestation.

  • What had been only a request, now became a demand,—accompanied by threats and protestation.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • Those who were loud in protestation turned like a summer wind from south to west.

    Saronia Richard Short
  • "I don't believe you," said she, from custom waiting his protestation.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • With the same reply she receives your protestation of love, and blushes as she receives.

    Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • All was hubbub, protestation, frightened cries, and hysterical laughter.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • Instantly there was a howl of protestation from the crowd back of first base.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • And she had asked herself sundry questions as to that protestation.

    The Belton Estate

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for protestation


the act of protesting
something protested about
a strong declaration
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for protestation

mid-14c., "affirmation;" late 14c., "avowal, declaration, assertion," from Old French protestacion "protest, protestation" (13c.) and directly from Latin protestationem (nominative protestatio) "a declaration, protestation," noun of action from past participle stem of protestari (see protest (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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