Definition of protestation in 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’
    • ‘Towards the end of his career he became increasingly convinced that many of the protestations of innocence made at the gallows were genuine.’
    • ‘The loud protestations from the government that it opposed the cancellation of the North's elections do little to help its case.’
    • ‘All his protestations of innocence collapse in the face of the bare honest facts.’
    • ‘If he succeeds, the 33-year - old will probably retire despite his protestations to the contrary.’
    • ‘Despite its protestations to the contrary, the Second Circuit must have doubted whether we are really at war.’
    • ‘The two remain in touch, but friends say the close rapport they once enjoyed has been destroyed, despite their public protestations to the contrary.’
    • ‘A territorial division, of course, is exactly what the guerrillas want, despite all protestations to the contrary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They instead relied on their protestations of innocence in interviews.’
    • ‘More tears and protestations of innocence changed nothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They continue to claim, despite UEFA's protestations to the contrary, that their pitch will soon be unsuitable for European competition.’
    • ‘And the loud protestations of the party leaders to the contrary just do not hold water.’
    • ‘I ask her about the events of December 13, and her protestations of innocence ever since.’
    • ‘The accused is convincing in his protestations of innocence.’
    • ‘More protestations of innocence followed and shortly afterwards, creepiness slunk in.’
    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’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The stronger the pull of integration, the louder the protestations against it.’
      • ‘This is in spite of questions and protestations by environmentalists and business.’
      • ‘I am saddened to add my jeremiad to the list of protestations at your coverage.’
      • ‘Despite our protestations and grumblings, most Jakartans despair in silence without ever making their grievances heard.’
      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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