American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An emphatic declaration.
- n. A strong or formal expression of dissent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A solemn or formal declaration of a fact, opinion, or resolution: an asseveration: as, protestations of friendship or of amendment.
- n. A solemn or formal declaration of dissent; a protest.
- n. In law, a declaration in pleading, by which the party interposed an oblique allegation or denial of some fact, by protesting that it did or did not exist, and at the same time avoiding a direct affirmation or denial, the object being to admit it for the purpose of the present action only, and reserve the right to deny it in a future action — “an exclusion of a conclusion.” In Scots law. a proceeding taken by a defender, where the pursuer neglects to proceed, to compel him either to proceed or to suffer the action to fall. Synonyms Affirmation, averment. See protest, v. i.
- n. a formal solemn objection or other declaration
- n. law, historical A declaration in common-law pleading, by which the party interposes an oblique allegation or denial of some fact, protesting that it does or does not exist, and at the same time avoiding a direct affirmation or denial.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of making a protest; a public avowal; a solemn declaration, especially of dissent.
- n. (Law) Formerly, a declaration in common-law pleading, by which the party interposes an oblique allegation or denial of some fact, protesting that it does or does not exist, and at the same time avoiding a direct affirmation or denial.
- n. a formal and solemn declaration of objection
- n. a strong declaration of protest
- Latin protestatio. (Wiktionary)
“In its own way, this form of protestation is important for us.”
“In light of the ridiculous controversy this has engendered, and in protestation against the Massachusetts Catholic school that recently banned the Harry Potter books, I decided it was time to make a statement.”
“What his protestation is -- that the estate he had he both got and used honestly, so that his land could not cry out against him nor the furrows thereof complain (v. 38), as they do against those who get the possession of them by fraud and extortion, Hab. ii.”
“Reply Obj. 1: Just as religion consists in a kind of protestation of faith, without, sometimes, faith being in one's heart, so too the vices opposed to religion include a certain protestation of unbelief without, sometimes, unbelief being in the mind.”
“One is that which John conferred by baptizing, which is called "a baptism of penance," etc., by reason of its inducing men to do penance, and of its being a kind of protestation by which men avowed their purpose of doing penance.”
“In token of this He wished even to be circumcised; for the circumcision is a kind of protestation of a man's purpose of keeping the Law, according to Gal.”
“And the sacraments of the old Law were a kind of protestation of that faith, inasmuch as they signified”
“Pitt who was then Prime Minister promised to introduce a bill of Catholic relief; but when it was drafted, it was found to contain an oath which all Catholics were to be called upon to take, based on the "protestation", but in stronger language, and containing doctrine to which no good Catholic could set his name; while the Catholics throughout were called by the absurd title of "Protesting Catholic Dissenters".”
“She spoke clearly and solemnly without the trace of the giggling protestation which is so often incident to feminine diffidence.”
“After the first period of "protestation," marked by the constant election of "protesting" deputies to the”
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