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[ri-mon-struh ns] /rɪˈmɒn strəns/
an act or instance of remonstrating.
a protest:
deaf to remonstrances.
Origin of remonstrance
1470-80; < Middle French, equivalent to remonstr(er) (< Medieval Latin remōnstrāre to point out; see remonstrate) + -ance -ance
Related forms
nonremonstrance, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for remonstrance
Historical Examples
  • Burke, however, shook his head in remonstrance against Gilder's plea.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • With a whine of remonstrance it swung wider, and Crane stepped out on the sidewalk.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • But ere the remonstrance was uttered, the bird lay quivering on the ground.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The remonstrance was not regarded, and the expedition proceeded.

  • Amanda did not prevent him; she had no breath left for remonstrance.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • There was something of uncertainty and remonstrance in her look; something that was not all satisfaction.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • All remonstrance was useless, as he had got as far as the bar before he was perceived.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • Yesterday the Parliament presented its remonstrance to my son.

    The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
  • Again he called, not as before in a tone of remonstrance, but with a voice of fear.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • There had been a murmur, presumably of remonstrance, from Helen.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for remonstrance


the act of remonstrating; protestation
a protest or reproof, esp a petition presented in protest against something


noun (history)
the statement of Arminian principles drawn up in 1610 in Gouda in the Netherlands
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Word Origin and History for remonstrance

late 15c., from Middle French remonstrance (15c., Modern French remontrance), from Medieval Latin remonstrantia, from present participle stem of remonstrare "point out, show," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + Latin monstrare "to show" (see monster).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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