- money paid to racketeers for a guarantee against threatened violence.
- bribe money paid to the police, politicians, or other authorities for overlooking criminal activity.
Origin of protection
Examples from the Web for protection
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.
The protection will last as long as Winston can still fling the ball 50 yards downfield to a streaking wide receiver.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star|Robert Silverman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is, in fact, a distinction in the level of protection.
But as a lawyer, she uses law to contribute to their protection.
Why are “threats,” unlike other scary speech, outside the protection of the First Amendment?Does Free Speech Cover Murder Fantasies? The Supreme Court’s Definition of a ‘Threat’|Geoffrey R. Stone|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So the adaptation of new words and accompaniment to an old air is a musical composition entitled to protection.
Lockley noted that the human confederates of the monsters had no protection against the beam to match his own.Operation Terror|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Two armed vessels were ordered for the protection of Rhode Island waters; and this was the beginning of the American navy.Revolutionary Reader|Sophie Lee Foster
They pleaded with her, on bended knees, in the village church, to ward off this dread enemy and to send them protection.Our Little Polish Cousin|Florence E. Mendel
There is Neufeld, who lives under the protection of the Khalifa.With Kitchener in the Soudan|G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for protection
- the imposition of duties or quotas on imports, designed for the protection of domestic industries against overseas competition, expansion of domestic employment, etc
- Also called: protectionism the system, policy, or theory of such restrictionsCompare free trade
- Also called: protection money money demanded by gangsters for freedom from molestation
- freedom from molestation purchased in this way
Word Origin and History for protection
mid-14c., "shelter, defense; keeping, guardianship;" late 14c. as "that which protects," from Old French proteccion "protection, shield" (12c.) and directly from Late Latin protectionem (nominative protectio) "a covering over," noun of action from past participle stem of protegere "protect, cover in front," from pro- "in front" + tegere "to cover" (see stegosaurus).
A common Old English word for "protect" was beorgan. International economic sense is from 1789. In gangster sense, "freedom from molestation in exchange for money," it is attested from 1860. Ecological sense of "attempted preservation by laws" is from 1880 (originally of wild birds in Britain). Also in medieval England, "the protection or maintenance of a lord or patron; sponsorship." To put (someone) out of protection meant to deprive him or her of the security of the protection of the kingdom's laws.