Definition of protest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    BrE BrE//ˈprəʊtest//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈproʊtest//
    [uncountable, countable] the expression of strong disagreement with or opposition to something; a statement or an action that shows this The director resigned in protest at the decision. The announcement raised a storm of protest. a protest march She accepted the charge without protest. protest (against something) The workers staged a protest against the proposed changes in their contracts. The building work will go ahead, despite protests from local residents. The riot began as a peaceful protest. Wordfinderballot, closed shop, collective bargaining, industrial action, labour, picket, protest, representative, strike, union Wordfindercivil disobedience, demonstrate, hunger strike, march, occupy, placard, protest, riot, sabotage, uprising See related entries: Protest
  • Word Originlate Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘make a solemn declaration’): from Old French protester, from Latin protestari, from pro- ‘forth, publicly’ + testari ‘assert’ (from testis ‘witness’).Extra examples The Samoan team lodged a formal protest after the referee sent off the wrong player. The Samoan team lodged a formal protest against the decision. The announcement brought cries of protest from the crowd. The constitution guarantees the right of peaceful protest. The crowd dispersed without protest. The government has made an official protest. The new tax sparked a wave of public protest. The party boycotted the election in protest at alleged vote rigging. The strikers returned to work, but under protest. There had been a number of public protests against the new tax. Winters quit the company board in protest of Eisner’s plans. a protest about the new bypass a rooftop protest by prison inmates a student protest over tuition fees street protests by residents She accepted the charge without protest. The announcement raised a storm of protest.Idioms unwillingly and after expressing disagreement She wrote a letter of apology but only under protest.
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