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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)


Noun Protest has 3 senses

Verb Protest has 3 senses


Protestv. i. [F. protester, L. protestari, pro before + testari to be a witness, testis a witness. See Testify.].
  •  To affirm in a public or formal manner; to bear witness; to declare solemnly; to avow.  [1913 Webster]
    "He protest that his measures are pacific."  [1913 Webster]
    "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To make a solemn declaration (often a written one) expressive of opposition; -- with against; as, he protest against your votes.  Denham.  [1913 Webster]
    "The conscience has power . . . to protest againts the exorbitancies of the passions."  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- To affirm; asseverate; assert; aver; attest; testify; declare; profess. See Affirm.
Protestv. t. 
  •  To make a solemn declaration or affirmation of; to proclaim; to display; as, to protest one's loyalty.  [1913 Webster]
    "I will protest your cowardice."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To call as a witness in affirming or denying, or to prove an affirmation; to appeal to.  [1913 Webster]
    "Fiercely [they] opposed
    My journey strange, with clamorous uproar
    Protesting fate supreme.
    "  [1913 Webster]
To protest a bill or To protest a note (Law), to make a solemn written declaration, in due form, on behalf of the holder, against all parties liable for any loss or damage to be sustained by the nonacceptance or the nonpayment of the bill or note, as the case may be. This should be made by a notary public, whose seal it is the usual practice to affix. Kent. Story.
Protestn. [Cf. F. protêt, It. protesto. See Protest, v.].
  •  A solemn declaration of opinion, commonly a formal objection against some act; especially, a formal and solemn declaration, in writing, of dissent from the proceedings of a legislative body; as, the protest of lords in Parliament.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A solemn declaration in writing, in due form, made by a notary public, usually under his notarial seal, on behalf of the holder of a bill or note, protesting against all parties liable for any loss or damage by the nonacceptance or nonpayment of the bill, or by the nonpayment of the note, as the case may be.  [1913 Webster]


Protest, n. & v.
1 a statement of dissent or disapproval; a remonstrance (made a protest).
2 (often attrib.) a usu. public demonstration of objection to government etc. policy (marched in protest; protest demonstration).
3 a solemn declaration.
4 Law a written declaration, usu. by a notary public, that a bill has been presented and payment or acceptance refused.
1 intr. (usu. foll. by against, at, about, etc.) make a protest against an action, proposal, etc.
2 tr. (often foll. by that + clause; also absol.) affirm (one's innocence etc.) solemnly, esp. in reply to an accusation etc.
3 tr. Law write or obtain a protest in regard to (a bill).
4 tr. US object to (a decision etc.).

under protest unwillingly.
protester n. protestingly adv. protestor n.
ME f. OF protest (n.), protester (v.), f. L protestari (as PRO-(1), testari assert f. testis witness)



affirm, affirmance, affirmation, allegation, allege, announce, announcement, annunciate, annunciation, argue, assert, assertion, assever, asseverate, asseveration, aver, averment, avouch, avouchment, avow, avowal, bad debt, ban, bashfulness, be at cross-purposes, beef, beefing, bellyache, bellyaching, bitch, bitching, blackball, blackballing, boggle, boggling, boycott, break bounds, break step, call in question, categorically reject, challenge, combat, combative reaction, complain, complain loudly, complaining, complaint, compunction, conclusion, confirm, confront, contend, contend with, contrariety, counter, counteract, counteraction, countervail, counterwork, creed, cross, cry out against, declaration, declare, default, defection, defiance, delinquence, delinquency, demonstrate, demonstrate against, demonstration, demur, demurral, demurrer, denial, deny, depose, destructive criticism, deviation, dictum, difficulty, diffidence, dim view, disaccord, disaccordance, disagree, disagreement, disallow, disappointment, disapprobation, disapproval, disapprove, disapprove of, disclaim, disclaimer, disconformity, discontent, discontentedness, discontentment, disenchantment, disesteem, disfavor, disgruntlement, dishonor, dishonoring, disillusion, disillusionment, displeasure, dispute, disrespect, dissatisfaction, dissent, dissent from, dissentience, distaste, drop out, enter a protest, enunciate, enunciation, except, exception, exclude, exclusion, expostulate, expostulation, express, face down, face out, face up to, falter, faltering, faultfinding, fight, fractiousness, front, frown at, frown down, frown upon, go against, grievance, grievance committee, grimace at, gripe, griping, groan, groaning, grouse, grousing, grumble, grumbling, have, hesitance, hesitancy, hesitation, hold, holler, howl, inaccordance, incongruity, inconsistency, indignation, indignation meeting, insist, insist on, inveigh against, involuntarily, ipse dixit, issue a manifesto, join the opposition, kick, kick against, kicking, lay down, levant, look askance at, look black upon, low estimation, low opinion, maintain, make a stand, make waves, manifesto, march, meet head-on, modesty, murmuring, negativism, noncompliance, nonconcurrence, nonconform, nonconformance, nonconformism, nonconformity, noncooperation, nondischarge of debts, nonobservance, nonpayment, nonremittal, nonviolent protest, not abide, not approve, not comply, not conform, not go for, not hear of, not hold with, not pay, object, object to, objection, obstinacy, offer resistance, oppose, opposition, opposure, opt out, originality, ostracism, ostracize, passive resistance, pause, peeve, peevishness, pet peeve, petulance, picket, picketing, play at cross-purposes, position, position paper, positive declaration, predicate, predication, press objections, proclaim, proclamation, profess, profession, pronounce, pronouncement, proposition, protest demonstration, protestation, protested bill, put, put it, qualm, qualm of conscience, qualmishness, querulousness, question, raise a howl, rally, reaction, rebuff, recalcitrance, recalcitrancy, recalcitrate, recalcitration, recoil, recusance, recusancy, refractoriness, refuse to pay, reject, rejection, reluct, reluctance, reluctantly, remonstrance, remonstrate, remonstration, renitence, renitency, repellence, repellency, repudiate, repudiation, repulse, repulsion, resist, resistance, revolt, rock the boat, run against, run counter to, say, say no to, say-so, saying, scolding, scruple, scrupulosity, scrupulousness, set down, show fight, shrinking, shyness, sit in, sit-in, sniping, speak, speak out, speak up, squawk, squawking, stance, stand, stand at bay, stand for, stand on, stand up against, stand up to, state, statement, stickling, stop payment, strike, strive against, submit, take exception, take exception to, take issue with, teach in, teach-in, think ill of, think little of, thumb down, thumbs-down, traverse, uncollectible, unconformity, uncooperativeness, under protest, unhappiness, unwillingly, utterance, view with disfavor, vote against, vouch, welsh, whining, withstand, withstanding, word, yapping, yell bloody murder




N refusal, rejection, noncompliance, incompliance, denial, declining, declension, declinature, peremptory refusal, flat refusal, point blank refusal, repulse, rebuff, discountenance, recusancy, abnegation, protest, disclaimer, dissent, revocation, refusing, restive, restiff, recusant, uncomplying, unconsenting, not willing to hear of, deaf to, refused, ungranted, out of the question, not to be thought of, impossible, no, on no account, not for the world, no thank you, thanks but no thanks, non possumus, your humble servant, bien oblige, not on your life, no way, not even if you beg on your knees.

VB refuse, reject, deny, decline, turn down, nill, negative, refuse one's assent, withhold one's assent, shake the head, close the hand, close the purse, grudge, begrudge, be slow to, hang fire, pass (at cards), be deaf to, dismiss, turn a deaf ear to, turn one's back upon, set one's face against, discountenance, not hear of, have nothing to do with, wash one's hands of, stand aloof, forswear, set aside, cast behind one, not yield an inch, resist, cross, not grant, repel, repulse, shut the door in one's face, slam the door in one's face, rebuff, send back, send to the right about, send away with a flea in the ear, deny oneself, not be at home to, discard, spurn, rescind, disclaim, protest, dissent.


N deprecation, expostulation, intercession, mediation, protest, remonstrance, deprecatory, expostulatory, intercessory, mediatorial, deprecated, protested, unsought, unbesought, unasked &c (ask), Int, cry you mercy!, God forbid!, forbid it Heaven!, Heaven forefend, Heaven forbid!, far be it from!, hands off!, please don't.

VB deprecate, protest, expostulate, enter a protest, intercede for, remonstrate.


N nonobservance, evasion, inobservance, failure, omission, neglect, laches, laxity, informality, infringement, infraction, violation, transgression, piracy, retraction, retractation, repudiation, nullification, protest, forfeiture, lawlessness, disobedience, bad faith, violating, lawless, transgressive, elusive, evasive, unfulfilled &c (fulfill).

VB fail, neglect, omit, elude, evade, give the go-by to, set aside, ignore, shut one's eyes to, close one's eyes to, infringe, transgress, violate, pirate, break, trample under foot, do violence to, drive a coach and six through, discard, protest, repudiate, fling to the winds, set at naught, nullify, declare null and void, cancel, retract, go back from, be off, forfeit, go from one's word, palter, stretch a point, strain a point.


N nonpayment, default, defalcation, protest, repudiation, application of the sponge, whitewashing, insolvency, bankruptcy, failure, insufficiency, run upon a bank, overdrawn account, waste paper bonds, dishonored bills, protested bills, bogus check, bogus cheque, rubber check, bankrupt, insolvent, debtor, lame duck, man of straw, welsher, stag, defaulter, levanter, not paying, non-paying, non-performing, in debt, behindhand, in arrear, behind in payments, in arrears, beggared, unable to make both ends meet, minus, worse than nothing, worthless, insolvent, bankrupt, in the gazette, gazetted, unpaid, gratis, unremunerated.

VB not pay, fail, break, stop payment, become insolvent, become bankrupt, be gazetted, protest, dishonor, repudiate, nullify, refuse payment, pay under protest, button up one's pockets, draw the purse strings, apply the sponge, pay over the left shoulder, get whitewashed, swindle, run up bills, fly kites.


N dissent, discordance, difference diversity of opinion, nonconformity, protestantism, recusancy, schism, disaffection, secession, recantation, dissension, discontent, cavilling, protest, contradiction, noncompliance, dissentient, dissenter, non-juror, non-content, nonconformist, sectary, separatist, recusant, schismatic, protestant, heretic, refusal, dissenting, negative, dissident, dissentient, unconsenting, non-content, nonjuring, protestant, recusant, unconvinced, unconverted, unavowed, unacknowledged, out of the question, discontented, unwilling, extorted, sectarian, denominational, schismatic, heterodox, intolerant, no, at variance, at issue with, under protest, Int, God forbid!, not for the world, I'll be hanged if, never tell me, your humble servant, pardon me, many men many minds, quot homines tot sententiae, tant s'en faut, il s'en faut bien, no way, by no means, count me out.

VB dissent, demur, call in question, differ in opinion, disagree, say no, refuse assent, refuse to admit, cavil, protest, raise one's voice against, repudiate, contradict, have no notion of, differ toto caelo, revolt at, revolt from the idea, shake the head, shrug the shoulders, look askance, look askant, secede, recant.


N affirmance, affirmation, statement, allegation, assertion, predication, declaration, word, averment, confirmation, asseveration, adjuration, swearing, oath, affidavit, deposition, avouchment, assurance, protest, protestation, profession, acknowledgment, legal pledge, pronouncement, solemn averment, solemn avowal, solemn declaration, remark, observation, position, saying, dictum, sentence, ipse dixit, emphasis, weight, dogmatism, dogmatics, asserting, declaratory, predicatory, pronunciative, affirmative, soi-disant, positive, certain, express, explicit, absolute, emphatic, flat, broad, round, pointed, marked, distinct, decided, confident, trenchant, dogmatic, definitive, formal, solemn, categorical, peremptory, unretracted, predicable, affirmatively, in the affirmative, with emphasis, ex-cathedra, without fear of contradiction, as God is my witness, I must say, indeed, i' faith, let me tell you, why, give me leave to say, marry, you may be sure, I'd have you to know, upon my word, upon my honor, by my troth, egad, I assure you, by jingo, by Jove, by George, troth, seriously, sadly, in sadness, in sober sadness, in truth, in earnest, of a truth, truly, perdy, in all conscience, upon oath, be assured, yes, I'll warrant, I'll warrant you, I'll engage, I'll answer for it, I'll be bound, I'll venture to say, I'll take my oath, in fact, forsooth, joking apart, so help me God, not to mince the matter, quoth he, dixi.

VB assert, make an assertion, have one's say, say, affirm, predicate, declare, state, protest, profess, put forth, put forward, advance, allege, propose, propound, enunciate, broach, set forth, hold out, maintain, contend, pronounce, pretend, depose, depone, aver, avow, avouch, asseverate, swear, make oath, take one's oath, make an affidavit, swear an affidavit, put in an affidavit, take one's Bible oath, kiss the book, vow, vitam impendere vero, swear till one is black in the face, swear till one is blue in the face, swear till all's blue, be sworn, call Heaven to witness, vouch, warrant, certify, assure, swear by bell book and candle, swear by, insist upon, take one's stand upon, emphasize, lay stress on, assert roundly, assert positively, lay down, lay down the law, raise one's voice, dogmatize, have the last word, rap out, repeat, reassert, reaffirm, announce, acknowledge, attest, adjure.


N negation, abnegation, denial, disavowal, disclaimer, abjuration, contradiction, contravention, recusation, protest, recusancy, flat contradiction, emphatic contradiction, emphatic denial, dementi, qualification, repudiation, retraction, confutation, refusal, prohibition, denying, denied, contradictory, negative, negatory, recusant, at issue upon, no, nay, not, nowise, not a bit, not a whit, not a jot, not at all, nohow, not in the least, not so, negative, negatory, no way, no such thing, nothing of the kind, nothing of the sort, quite the contrary, tout au contraire, far from it, tant s'en faut, on no account, in no respect, by no, by no manner of means, negatively, never, never in a million years, at no time, there never was a greater mistake, I know better, non haec in faedera, a thousand times no.

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