Definition of protestation in English:



  • 1An emphatic declaration in response to doubt or accusation.

    ‘her protestations of innocence were in vain’
    [mass noun] ‘no amount of protestation made any difference’
    • ‘A territorial division, of course, is exactly what the guerrillas want, despite all protestations to the contrary.’
    • ‘I ask her about the events of December 13, and her protestations of innocence ever since.’
    • ‘And the loud protestations of the party leaders to the contrary just do not hold water.’
    • ‘Despite its protestations to the contrary, the Second Circuit must have doubted whether we are really at war.’
    • ‘The accused is convincing in his protestations of innocence.’
    • ‘The loud protestations from the government that it opposed the cancellation of the North's elections do little to help its case.’
    • ‘More tears and protestations of innocence changed nothing.’
    • ‘They instead relied on their protestations of innocence in interviews.’
    • ‘No reinterpretation of the evidence and no protestations of innocence can alter those facts.’
    • ‘All his protestations of innocence collapse in the face of the bare honest facts.’
    • ‘They continue to claim, despite UEFA's protestations to the contrary, that their pitch will soon be unsuitable for European competition.’
    • ‘The two remain in touch, but friends say the close rapport they once enjoyed has been destroyed, despite their public protestations to the contrary.’
    • ‘Despite his protestations of innocence he was fast-tracked into court the following day and jailed for 11 years.’
    • ‘Democracy and human rights are, despite their protestations to the contrary, in practice a long way down the agenda here.’
    • ‘More protestations of innocence followed and shortly afterwards, creepiness slunk in.’
    • ‘Towards the end of his career he became increasingly convinced that many of the protestations of innocence made at the gallows were genuine.’
    • ‘If he succeeds, the 33-year - old will probably retire despite his protestations to the contrary.’
    • ‘The police weren't moved by his protestations of innocence, however.’
    • ‘Yes, there have been protestations of innocence from our own Foreign Secretary, and an outright denial from the President.’
    • ‘Instead, we must listen to protestations of innocence and some nonsense suggesting that his sample had been sabotaged, and they know who did it.’
    declaration, announcement, statement, profession, assertion, insistence, claim, affirmation, assurance, attestation, oath, vow, pledge, avowal
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  • 2An objection or protest.

    ‘he was warned by the referee for his loud protestations’
    • ‘The stronger the pull of integration, the louder the protestations against it.’
    • ‘Despite our protestations and grumblings, most Jakartans despair in silence without ever making their grievances heard.’
    • ‘The loud protestations of those who are fuming at the school board makes you wonder who they think the victims of this whole thing are?’
    • ‘I am saddened to add my jeremiad to the list of protestations at your coverage.’
    • ‘This is in spite of questions and protestations by environmentalists and business.’
    objection, protest, statement of opposition, exception, complaint, disapproval, opposition, challenge, dissent, demurral, remonstration, fuss, outcry
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Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin protestatio(n-), from protestari to protest (see protest).