[ noun proh-test; verb pruh-test, proh-test ]
/ noun ˈproʊ tɛst; verb prəˈtɛst, ˈproʊ tɛst /
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.
verb (used without object)
to give manifest expression to objection or disapproval; remonstrate.
to make solemn or earnest declaration.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of protest
1350–1400; (noun) Middle English < Middle French (French protêt), derivative of protester to protest < Latin prōtestārī to declare publicly, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + testārī to testify, derivative of testis a witness; (v.) late Middle English protesten < Middle French protester
SYNONYMS FOR protest
pro·test·a·ble, adjectivepro·test·er, pro·tes·tor, nounpro·test·ing·ly, adverbpro·test·ive, adjective
half-pro·test·ed, adjectivehalf-pro·test·ing, adjectivenon·pro·test·ing, adjectivere·pro·test, nounre·pro·test, verbun·pro·test·ed, adjectiveun·pro·test·ing, adjectiveun·pro·test·ing·ly, adverb
6. See declare.
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British Dictionary definitions for protester
- 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
Derived Formsprotestant, adjective, nounprotester or protestor, nounprotestingly, adverb
Word Origin for protest
C14: from Latin prōtestārī to make a formal declaration, from prō- before + testārī to assert
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