- 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 protestor
On Reddit, a Ukrainian protestor shared tips and observations.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
The Kurds entered a buffer zone on the Turkish border and in the melee at least four protestor were wounded.Kobani Still Stands Against ISIS and All Odds. But for How Long?
October 12, 2014
As one protestor in Kiev put it: “They attack only in the night, like beasts.”Parliamentarian Lesya Orobets on the Myth of a Divided Ukraine
December 16, 2013
“I just want him to finish his visit and leave,” one protestor named Mohammad Said told me.The Bethlehem Obama Didn't See
Anna Lekas Miller
March 22, 2013
The inaugural front page—“Falling Pharaoh”—offers a striking shot of an Egyptian protestor atop a statue.The Daily: Rupert Murdoch's New Toy
Howard Kurtz, Brian Ries
February 2, 2011
- 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 protestor
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.