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[prot-uh-stey-shuh n, proh-tuh-, -te-] /ˌprɒt əˈsteɪ ʃən, ˌproʊ tə-, -tɛ-/
the act of protesting or affirming.
a solemn or earnest declaration or affirmation.
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 forms
nonprotestation, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Now that I have exhausted myself with indignation and protestation, Robert has taken up the same note, which is a comfort.

  • The mate sprang into the fore-rigging with an oath of protestation.

  • The lad started, and was about to burst into some protestation, but Etienne Rambert imperiously checked him.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • Those who were loud in protestation turned like a summer wind from south to west.

    Saronia Richard Short
  • His protestation was cut short by the answer of the man himself.

  • I smiled, and my eyes must have told her more than any protestation could.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • She was sobbing piteously when she ended this protestation, and David comforted her with caresses and tender words.

    Prisoners of Conscience Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • "I don't believe you," said she, from custom waiting his protestation.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • My antagonist waved his hand with an airy gesture of protestation.

    The Red Symbol John Ironside
  • All was hubbub, protestation, frightened cries, and hysterical laughter.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for protestation


the act of protesting
something protested about
a strong declaration
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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