[ri-mon-struh ns]


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 formsnon·re·mon·strance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for remonstrance

Historical Examples of remonstrance

  • 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.


    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

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).

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