[prot-uh-stey-shuh n, proh-tuh-, -te-]
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  1. the act of protesting or affirming.
  2. a solemn or earnest declaration or affirmation.
  3. 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 formsnon·prot·es·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for protestation

Historical Examples of protestation

  • 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.


    Richard Short

British Dictionary definitions for protestation


  1. the act of protesting
  2. something protested about
  3. a strong declaration
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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.)).

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