Definition of remonstrance in English:



  • 1A forcefully reproachful protest.

    ‘angry remonstrances in the Commons’
    [mass noun] ‘he shut his ears to any remonstrance’
    • ‘The Taipei Society's remonstrance didn't just target those in power.’
    • ‘It was during her remonstrances at his delay that the alleged assault took place.’
    • ‘Incensed by the government's flouting of basic legal principles, the parlement of Paris, seconded by the provincial courts, condemned royal policy in a flood of remonstrances.’
    • ‘Sensing no remonstrance from the two humans he knew to be nearby, he began walking, slowly, drawing Roman's mount along in his wake.’
    • ‘‘Every lie you tell me is as obvious as that one,’ she replied without a hint of hurt or remonstrance.’
    • ‘Earlier, we might have argued, but we had already seen how little effect remonstrances had on these two.’
    • ‘He next entered the service of Charles V; then embarked on a privateering expedition, for which Queen Elizabeth provided one of his ships, till the remonstrances of foreign powers led to his arrest.’
    • ‘But, at length, having become insensibly accustomed to her, he listened to her remonstrances with no less patience than his mistress.’
    • ‘Is the list mainly a catalogue of wayward institutions that, depending on their own histories and practices, have given greater or lesser heed to the AAUP's remonstrances?’
    • ‘It begins instead with a rather daring remonstrance of God.’
    • ‘There is no remonstrance that carries its message so clearly as a reversal order which upholds due process.’
    • ‘"Wife," I answered, "I will not sacrifice this calf," and in spite of all her remonstrances, I remained firm.’
    • ‘England should not have stood by and seen a feeble people robbed without raising a note of remonstrance.’
    • ‘When the Orthodox would say something outrageous, the Vatican would make remonstrances privately, but never in public.’
    censure, reproval, condemnation, denunciation, disapproval, disparagement, opprobrium, captiousness, fault-finding, carping, cavilling
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    1. 1.1A document drawn up in 1610 by the Arminians of the Dutch Reformed Church, presenting the differences between their doctrines and those of the strict Calvinists.


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘evidence’): from Old French, or from medieval Latin remonstrantia, from remonstrare demonstrate, show (see remonstrate).