Definition of remonstrance in English:



  • 1A forcefully reproachful protest.

    ‘angry remonstrances in the Senate’
    [mass noun] ‘he shut his ears to any remonstrance’
    • ‘Its contents consist largely of warnings, remonstrances, assertions, arguments in favor of certain doctrines, narratives for enforcing morals.’
    • ‘A remonstrance, however, on the part of the citizens re-instated Mr. Wyman.’
    • ‘She finished her luncheon without undue questioning from her mother, or too many remonstrances about her choice in friends.’
    • ‘On the thirteenth it sent remonstrances denouncing the irregular conduct of the Royal Session of the previous November.’
    • ‘He felt better and brighter, and, notwithstanding the remonstrances of his valet, took a ride on his bicycle.’
    • ‘They sought to destroy permanently the ability of the parlements to obstruct policy by manipulating their rights of registration and remonstrance.’
    • ‘Mercedes continually fluttered in the way of her men and kept up an unbroken chattering of remonstrance and advice.’
    • ‘Were the good doctor present, he would have uttered his trademark remonstrance, "You need to get real."’
    • ‘I am filled with admiration at your straightforward 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.’
    • ‘The nobles were able to address remonstrances to the throne through their corporate organizations.’
    • ‘In addition to innumerable stern remonstrances, his soliloquy is laced with screaming fits of anger.’
    • ‘On the contrary he approved the honest remonstrance of his inferiors.’
    • ‘The magistrates were still allowed to make remonstrances, albeit with the restrictions imposed in December 1770.’
    • ‘England should not have stood by and seen a feeble people robbed without raising a note of remonstrance. "’
    • ‘It was still too hot, and in spite of the remonstrance of his assistant, the engineer opened the window.’
    • ‘For months he pestered her with calls, and persecuted her with letters, memorials, and remonstrances.’
    • ‘His sons, in fear of murder, followed him, and added their remonstrance to the general din.’
    • ‘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.’
    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).