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Webster 1913 Edition


Protest

Pro-test′

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Protested
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Protesting
.]
[F.
protester
, L.
protestari
,
pro
before +
testari
to be a witness,
testis
a witness. See
Testify
.]
1.
To affirm in a public or formal manner; to bear witness; to declare solemnly; to avow.
He
protest
that his measures are pacific.
Landor.
The lady doth
protest
too much, methinks.
Shakespeare
2.
To make a solemn declaration (often a written one) expressive of opposition; – with against;
as, he
protest
against your votes
.
Denham.
The conscience has power . . . to
protest
againts the exorbitancies of the passions.
Shakespeare
Syn. – To affirm; asseverate; assert; aver; attest; testify; declare; profess. See
Affirm
.

Pro-test′

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To make a solemn declaration or affirmation of; to proclaim; to display;
as, to
protest
one’s loyalty
.
I will
protest
your cowardice.
Shakespeare
2.
To call as a witness in affirming or denying, or to prove an affirmation; to appeal to.
Fiercely [they] opposed
My journey strange, with clamorous uproar
Protesting
fate supreme.
Milton.
To protest a bill
or
To protest a note
(Law)
,
to make a solemn written declaration, in due form, on behalf of the holder, against all parties liable for any loss or damage to be sustained by the nonacceptance or the nonpayment of the bill or note, as the case may be. This should be made by a notary public, whose seal it is the usual practice to affix.
Kent.
Story.

Pro′test

,
Noun.
[Cf. F.
protêt
, It.
protesto
. See
Protest
,
Verb.
]
1.
A solemn declaration of opinion, commonly a formal objection against some act; especially, a formal and solemn declaration, in writing, of dissent from the proceedings of a legislative body;
as, the
protest
of lords in Parliament
.
2.
(Law)
(a)
A solemn declaration in writing, in due form, made by a notary public, usually under his notarial seal, on behalf of the holder of a bill or note, protesting against all parties liable for any loss or damage by the nonacceptance or nonpayment of the bill, or by the nonpayment of the note, as the case may be.
(b)
A declaration made by the master of a vessel before a notary, consul, or other authorized officer, upon his arrival in port after a disaster, stating the particulars of it, and showing that any damage or loss sustained was not owing to the fault of the vessel, her officers or crew, but to the perils of the sea, etc., ads the case may be, and protesting against them.
(c)
A declaration made by a party, before or while paying a tax, duty, or the like, demanded of him, which he deems illegal, denying the justice of the demand, and asserting his rights and claims, in order to show that the payment was not voluntary.
Story.
Kent.

Webster 1828 Edition


Protest

PROTEST'

,
Verb.
I.
[L. protestor; pro and testor, to affirm it.]
1.
To affirm with solemnity; to make a solemn declaration of a fact or opinion; as, I protest to you, I have no knowledge of the transaction.
2.
To make a solemn declaration expressive of opposition; with against; as, he protests against your votes.
The conscience has power to protest against the exorbitancies of the passions.
3.
To make a formal declaration in writing against a public law or measure. It is the privilege of any lord in parliament to protest against a law or resolution.

PROTEST'

,
Verb.
T.
To call as a witness in affirming or denying, or to prove an affirmation.
Fiercely they oppos'd
My journey strange, with clamorous uproar
Protesting fate supreme.
1.
To prove; to show; to give evidence of. [Not in use.]
2.
In commerce, to protest a bill of exchange, is for a notary public, at the request of the payee, to make a formal declaration under hand and seal, against the drawer of the bill, on account of non-acceptance or non-payment, for exchange, cost,commissions, damages and interest; of which act the indorser must be notified within such time as the law or custom prescribes. In like manner, notes of hand given to a banking corporation are protested for non-payment.

Definition 2022


Protest

Protest

See also: protest

German

Noun

Protest m (genitive Protests or Protestes, plural Proteste)

  1. protest

Declension

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English

Verb

protest (third-person singular simple present protests, present participle protesting, simple past and past participle protested)

  1. (intransitive) To make a strong objection.
    How dare you, I protest!
    The public took to the streets to protest over the planned change to the law.
    • 1915, George A. Birmingham, chapter I”, in Gossamer (Project Gutenberg; EBook #24394), London: Methuen & Co., published 8 January 2013 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 558189256:
      As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish, but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
    • 2009, Cuba:
      U.S. and European protested against Spanish conduct in Cuba.
  2. (transitive) To affirm (something).
    I protest my innocence. I do protest and declare 
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
      I will protest your cowardice.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      Our youth, now, emboldened with his success, resolved to push the matter farther, and ventured even to beg her recommendation of him to her father's service; protesting that he thought him one of the honestest fellows in the country, and extremely well qualified for the place of a gamekeeper, which luckily then happened to be vacant.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, Ch.8
      She flashed a smile at me, and, protesting an engagement with her dentist, jauntily walked on.
  3. (transitive, chiefly Canada, US) To object to.
    They protested the demolition of the school.
  4. To call as a witness in affirming or denying, or to prove an affirmation; to appeal to.
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      Fiercely [they] opposed / My journey strange, with clamorous uproar / Protesting fate supreme.
  5. (law, transitive) to make a solemn written declaration, in due form, on behalf of the holder, against all parties liable for any loss or damage to be sustained by non-acceptance or non-payment of (a bill or note). This should be made by a notary public, whose seal it is the usual practice to affix.

Translations

Noun

protest (plural protests)

  1. A formal objection, especially one by a group.
    They lodged a protest with the authorities.
  2. A collective gesture of disapproval: a demonstration.
    We held a protest in front of City Hall.

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Czech

Pronunciation

Noun

protest m

  1. protest

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Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Latin protestari, as for protestere

Noun

protest m (definite singular protesten, indefinite plural protester, definite plural protestene)

  1. a protest

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From Latin protestari

Noun

protest m (definite singular protesten, indefinite plural protestar, definite plural protestane)

  1. a protest

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Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

From German Protest.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /prǒtest/
  • Hyphenation: pro‧test

Noun

pròtest m (Cyrillic spelling про̀тест)

  1. protest

Declension

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Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

protest c

  1. protest

Declension

Inflection of protest 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative protest protesten protester protesterna
Genitive protests protestens protesters protesternas

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