Synonyms of protest in English:


See definition of protest


1‘voters humiliated the government as a protest against high public spending’


objection, exception, complaint, disapproval, disagreement, opposition, challenge, dissent, demurral, remonstration, expostulation, fuss, outcry

railing, inveighing, fulmination, protestation


support, approval

2‘women staged a protest outside the gates’


demonstration, march, protest march, peace camp, rally, sit-in, human chain, occupation, sleep-in, dirty protest, write-in, non-cooperation

work-to-rule, industrial action, stoppage, strike, walkout, mutiny, picket, boycott

Indian morcha, gherao, hartal

informal demo


1‘people began to protest at the development of nuclear power’


express opposition, raise objections, object, make a protest, dissent, take issue, make a stand, take a stand, put up a fight, kick, take exception, complain, express disapproval, disagree, express disagreement, demur, remonstrate, expostulate, make a fuss

cry out, speak out, rail, inveigh, fulminate

oppose, challenge, denounce

informal kick up a fuss, kick up a stink



2‘two dozen people protested outside the cathedral’


demonstrate, march, hold a rally, sit in, form a human chain, occupy somewhere, sleep in, stage a dirty protest, refuse to cooperate

work to rule, take industrial action, stop work, down tools, strike, go on strike, walk out, mutiny, picket somewhere

boycott something

3‘Richardson has always protested his innocence’


insist on, claim, maintain, declare, announce, profess, proclaim, assert, affirm, argue, vow, avow, aver, pledge, swear, swear to, testify to

rare asseverate