Definition of protestation in US English:

protestation

noun

  • 1An emphatic declaration that something is or is not the case.

    ‘her protestations of innocence were in vain’
    ‘no amount of protestation to the contrary made any difference’
    • ‘If he succeeds, the 33-year - old will probably retire despite his protestations to the contrary.’
    • ‘Towards the end of his career he became increasingly convinced that many of the protestations of innocence made at the gallows were genuine.’
    • ‘The two remain in touch, but friends say the close rapport they once enjoyed has been destroyed, despite their public protestations to the contrary.’
    • ‘Yes, there have been protestations of innocence from our own Foreign Secretary, and an outright denial from the President.’
    • ‘A territorial division, of course, is exactly what the guerrillas want, despite all protestations to the contrary.’
    • ‘They instead relied on their protestations of innocence in interviews.’
    • ‘The police weren't moved by his protestations of innocence, however.’
    • ‘Despite his protestations of innocence he was fast-tracked into court the following day and jailed for 11 years.’
    • ‘The loud protestations from the government that it opposed the cancellation of the North's elections do little to help its case.’
    • ‘Instead, we must listen to protestations of innocence and some nonsense suggesting that his sample had been sabotaged, and they know who did it.’
    • ‘Despite its protestations to the contrary, the Second Circuit must have doubted whether we are really at war.’
    • ‘And the loud protestations of the party leaders to the contrary just do not hold water.’
    • ‘All his protestations of innocence collapse in the face of the bare honest facts.’
    • ‘The accused is convincing in his protestations of innocence.’
    • ‘I ask her about the events of December 13, and her protestations of innocence ever since.’
    • ‘No reinterpretation of the evidence and no protestations of innocence can alter those facts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They continue to claim, despite UEFA's protestations to the contrary, that their pitch will soon be unsuitable for European competition.’
    • ‘More tears and protestations of innocence changed nothing.’
    declaration, announcement, statement, profession, assertion, insistence, claim, affirmation, assurance, attestation, oath, vow, pledge, avowal
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    1. 1.1 An objection or protest.
      ‘he was warned by the referee for his loud protestations’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      objection, protest, statement of opposition, exception, complaint, disapproval, opposition, challenge, dissent, demurral, remonstration, fuss, outcry
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin protestatio(n-), from protestari ‘to protest’ (see protest).

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