Definition of remonstrance in US English:



  • 1A forcefully reproachful protest.

    ‘angry remonstrances in the Senate’
    ‘he shut his ears to any remonstrance’
    • ‘She finished her luncheon without undue questioning from her mother, or too many remonstrances about her choice in friends.’
    • ‘Were the good doctor present, he would have uttered his trademark remonstrance, "You need to get real."’
    • ‘On the contrary he approved the honest remonstrance of his inferiors.’
    • ‘I am filled with admiration at your straightforward remonstrance. "’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was still too hot, and in spite of the remonstrance of his assistant, the engineer opened the window.’
    • ‘On the thirteenth it sent remonstrances denouncing the irregular conduct of the Royal Session of the previous November.’
    • ‘It was during her remonstrances at his delay that the alleged assault took place.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘A remonstrance, however, on the part of the citizens re-instated Mr. Wyman.’
    • ‘He felt better and brighter, and, notwithstanding the remonstrances of his valet, took a ride on his bicycle.’
    • ‘He then renewed his protestations and the same remonstrances which he had made to me the day before.’
    • ‘Under Margaret he walked in openly and planted his jurisdiction at the heart of the kingdom, though not without opposition and remonstrance.’
    • ‘Earlier, we might have argued, but we had already seen how little effect remonstrances had on these two.’
    • ‘The magistrates were still allowed to make remonstrances, albeit with the restrictions imposed in December 1770.’
    • ‘Sensing no remonstrance from the two humans he knew to be nearby, he began walking, slowly, drawing Roman's mount along in his wake.’
    • ‘In addition to innumerable stern remonstrances, his soliloquy is laced with screaming fits of anger.’
    • ‘But, at length, having become insensibly accustomed to her, he listened to her remonstrances with no less patience than his mistress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The nobles were able to address remonstrances to the throne through their corporate organizations.’
    • ‘They sought to destroy permanently the ability of the parlements to obstruct policy by manipulating their rights of registration and remonstrance.’
    • ‘The Taipei Society's remonstrance didn't just target those in power.’
    • ‘His sons, in fear of murder, followed him, and added their remonstrance to the general din.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"Wife," I answered, "I will not sacrifice this calf," and in spite of all her remonstrances, I remained firm.’
    • ‘It begins instead with a rather daring remonstrance of God.’
    • ‘England should not have stood by and seen a feeble people robbed without raising a note of remonstrance. "’
    • ‘It was a deliberate challenge to the authority of the parlement which responded in November 1755 with some of the boldest remonstrances ever written.’
    • ‘Mercedes continually fluttered in the way of her men and kept up an unbroken chattering of remonstrance and advice.’
    • ‘‘Every lie you tell me is as obvious as that one,’ she replied without a hint of hurt or remonstrance.’
    • ‘Its contents consist largely of warnings, remonstrances, assertions, arguments in favor of certain doctrines, narratives for enforcing morals.’
    • ‘For months he pestered her with calls, and persecuted her with letters, memorials, and remonstrances.’
    • ‘There is no remonstrance that carries its message so clearly as a reversal order which upholds due process.’
    censure, reproval, condemnation, denunciation, disapproval, disparagement, opprobrium, captiousness, fault-finding, carping, cavilling
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    1. 1.1the Remonstrance A 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).