Definition of protestation in English:


Pronunciation /ˌprädəˈstāSH(ə)n//ˌprōˌtesˈtāSH(ə)n/


  • 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’
    • ‘No reinterpretation of the evidence and no protestations of innocence can alter those facts.’
    • ‘More protestations of innocence followed and shortly afterwards, creepiness slunk in.’
    • ‘The two remain in touch, but friends say the close rapport they once enjoyed has been destroyed, despite their public protestations to the contrary.’
    • ‘The accused is convincing in his protestations of innocence.’
    • ‘Despite his protestations of innocence he was fast-tracked into court the following day and jailed for 11 years.’
    • ‘If he succeeds, the 33-year - old will probably retire despite his protestations to the contrary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Towards the end of his career he became increasingly convinced that many of the protestations of innocence made at the gallows were genuine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More tears and protestations of innocence changed nothing.’
    • ‘They instead relied on their protestations of innocence in interviews.’
    • ‘They continue to claim, despite UEFA's protestations to the contrary, that their pitch will soon be unsuitable for European competition.’
    • ‘Instead, we must listen to protestations of innocence and some nonsense suggesting that his sample had been sabotaged, and they know who did it.’
    • ‘The police weren't moved by his protestations of innocence, however.’
    • ‘The loud protestations from the government that it opposed the cancellation of the North's elections do little to help its case.’
    • ‘Democracy and human rights are, despite their protestations to the contrary, in practice a long way down the agenda here.’
    • ‘I ask her about the events of December 13, and her protestations of innocence ever since.’
    • ‘All his protestations of innocence collapse in the face of the bare honest facts.’
    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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Despite our protestations and grumblings, most Jakartans despair in silence without ever making their grievances heard.’
      • ‘The stronger the pull of integration, the louder the protestations against it.’
      • ‘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).