• A Protesting Convert
    A Protesting Convert
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v protest utter words of protest
    • v protest affirm or avow formally or solemnly "The suspect protested his innocence"
    • v protest express opposition through action or words "dissent to the laws of the country"
    • n protest the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent
    • n protest a formal and solemn declaration of objection "they finished the game under protest to the league president","the senator rose to register his protest","the many protestations did not stay the execution"
    • n protest the act of making a strong public expression of disagreement and disapproval "he shouted his protests at the umpire","a shower of protest was heard from the rear of the hall"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Anti-American demonstrators protesting in Bangladesh after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks carried posters of Osama bin Laden sitting alongside Bert, a beloved Sesame Street Muppet character
    • Protest (Law) 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.
    • Protest (Law) 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.
    • Protest (Law) 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.
    • Protest 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.
    • Protest To affirm in a public or formal manner; to bear witness; to declare solemnly; to avow. "He protest that his measures are pacific.""The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
    • Protest 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."
    • Protest To make a solemn declaration (often a written one) expressive of opposition; -- with against; as, he protest against your votes. "The conscience has power . . . to protest againts the exorbitancies of the passions."
    • Protest To make a solemn declaration or affirmation of; to proclaim; to display; as, to protest one's loyalty. "I will protest your cowardice."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Guillotin merely proposed the machine that bears his name (which was rejected by the crown) and he never made a working model. The first working model was made by his assistant years later. When the machine attained infamy in the French Revolution, Dr.Guillotin protested its use and went to his grave claiming that the machine was unjustly named after him.
    • protest To make a solemn declaration or affirmation of; bear witness or testimony to; assert; asseverate; declare: as, to protest one's innocence.
    • protest To call as a witness in affirming or denying, or to prove an affirmation; appeal to.
    • protest To declare publicly; publish; make known.
    • protest To promise solemnly; vow.
    • protest To declare formally to be insufficiently provided for by deposit or payment: said of a note or bill of exchange, and also, figuratively, of personal credit, statements, etc. See protest, n., 3.
    • protest Synonyms Protest differs from the words compared under assert (aver, asseverate, etc.) in being more solemn and earnest, and in implying more of previous contradiction or expectation of contradiction (see the quotations above); like them, it is used to make the statement seem certainly true.
    • protest To bear testimony; affirm with solemnity; make a solemn declaration of a fact or an opinion; asseverate.
    • protest To make a solemn or formal declaration (often in writing) in condemnation of an act or measure proposed or accomplished: often with against.
    • n protest The act of protesting, or that which is protested; an affirmation; asseveration; protestation: now restricted for the most part to a solemn or formal declaration against some act or course of action, by which a person declares (and sometimes has his declaration recorded) that he refuses, or only conditionally yields, his consent to some act to which he might otherwise be assumed to have yielded an unconditional assent: as, to submit under protest; a protest against the action of a committee.
    • n protest In law: In a popular sense, all the steps taken to fix the liability of a drawer or indorser of commercial paper when the paper is dishonored.
    • n protest Technically, the solemn declaration on the part of the holder of a bill or note against any loss to be sustained by him by reason of the non-acceptanceor non-payment, as the case may be, of the bill or note in question, and the calling of a notary to witness that due steps have been taken to prevent such loss.
    • n protest The document authenticating this act.
    • n protest A written declaration, usually by the master of a ship, attested by a justice of the peace or a consul, stating the circumstances under which any injury has happened to the ship or cargo, or other circumstances calculated to affect the liability of the owners, officers, crew, etc.
    • n protest that the authority of the Bible is supreme, and above that of councils and bishops; and.
    • n protest that the Bible is not to be interpreted according to tradition, but is to be interpreted by means of itself.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A 20 year old protester was arrested in Montana after he assaulted a congress women from Iowa with a salmon.
    • v.i Protest prō-test′ to bear witness before others: to declare openly: to give a solemn declaration of opinion (against)
    • v.t Protest to make a solemn declaration of: to note, as a bill of exchange, on account of non-acceptance or non-payment: : :
    • n Protest a solemn or formal declaration, esp. in writing, expressing dissent: the noting by a notary-public of an unpaid or unaccepted bill: a written declaration, usually by the master of a ship, stating the circumstances attending loss or injury of ship or cargo, &c
    • n Protest one of those who, in 1529, protested against an edict of Charles V. and the Diet of Spires denouncing the Reformation: a member of one of those churches founded by the Reformers: one who protests
    • v.t Protest (rare) to call as a witness
    • v.t Protest (obs.) to publish, make known
    • v.t Protest (Shak.) to vow
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “The three great elements of modern civilization, Gun powder, Printing, and the Protestant religion.”
  • Jose Narosky
    Jose Narosky
    “We protest against unjust criticism but we accept unarmed applause.”
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
    “But it is hard to know them from friends, they are so obsequious and full of protestations; for a wolf resembles a dog, so doth a flatterer a friend.”
  • Dave Barry
    Dave Barry
    “Although Golf was originally restricted to wealthy Protestants, today its open to anybody who owns hideous clothing.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't --it's human.”
  • Alexander Herzen
    “Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. protester, L. protestari, pro, before + testari, to be a witness, testis, a witness. See Testify


In literature:

His wish was to restrain the Protestant excesses, but he had no mind to ruin the Protestants.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
The younger brother, Dandelot, was the first of the three who became a Protestant.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
Martin Luther, the greatest of the Protestant Reformers of the sixteenth century, was born at Eisleben on November 10, 1483.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
Protestant England, on the other hand, with no pilgrims to defend, could protest only on the score of preserving the balance of power.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
This lengthy enumeration seemed short to many, who made a gesture of protest when the preacher ceased.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
I recapitulated in the course of the conference the various ill consequences, which might result from protesting these bills.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
Before she could utter her protest he had started down the trail toward the house.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
In Protestant countries and in Russia the Baptist movement began without missionary intervention from England or America.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
France and Russia made angry protests, and war was predicted.
"Lord John Russell" by Stuart J. Reid
Lucretia Mott ante-dated even Mr. Garrison in her protests against slavery.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"

In poetry:

Bid me to live, and I will live
Thy protestant to be;
Or bid me love, and I will give
A loving heart to thee.
"To Anthea, Who May Command Him Anything" by Robert Herrick
I used to have a conscience free,
But now they bid it rest;
They've made a number out of me,
And I must ne'er protest.
"The Conscript" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Doth make me solemnly protest,
As I with pain do prove,
There is no time, year, day, nor hour,
Nor minute, good to love.
"The Time When I First Fell In Love" by Anonymous Americas
And not content to dedicate,
With much protesting shiver,
The sapless leaves to winter's mate,
Hebrus, the cold dark river.
"The Roasting Of Lydia" by Roswell Martin Field
And how she bruised her tender breasts
Against the crushing stone,
That still the strong-armed clown protests
No man can lift alone,—­
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Mightier than living voice his grave
That lofty protest utters o'er;
Through roaring wind and smiting wave
It speaks his hate of wrong once more.
"Rantoul" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Protesters climb on Wells Fargo roof to protest evictions.
Syrian protesters in London, England protest the fighting in Syria on Oct 29, 2011 and call for an end to the government crackdown in the country which has killed thousands.
At the December 17th vigil, six protesters protesting the National Defense Authorization Act were arrested.
Some Catholic and Protestant protesters are getting themselves arrested in front of the White House to demonstrate their refusal to comply with the health care law's birth control mandate.
Moscow police broke up a weeklong protest encampment today, but activists just moved it elsewhere, showing authorities they might be in for a hard fight against Russia's protest movement.
A protester gestures in front of Egyptian soldiers as they block a street during an anti-government protest in Tahrir square in Cairo on Jan 31.
As tens of thousands of protesters continued to gather at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, the story quickly transitioned to the actions of the protesters themselves.
T hree teenage monks and a Tibetan woman set fire to themselves to protest Chinese rule on the eve of a pivotal Communist Party congress, activists reported Thursday, in what they said were the most such protests in a single day.
BEIJING—Three teenage monks and a Tibetan woman set fire to themselves to protest Chinese rule on the eve of a pivotal Communist Party congress, activists reported Thursday, in what they said were the most such protests in a single day.
Initially we were going to conduct the protest at Saint Joan of Arc , but we will protest Arpaio at the Church of the Ascension.
Radford University, being a public institution, allowed the protest as well as a counter protest set up nearby.
More than 200 people at National Socialist Party protest, counter-protest.
An Egyptian protester carries a poster with a picture of President Mohamed Morsi during an anti-Morsi protest in Cairo on Friday.
A man protests against the Obama administration's healthcare plan during a protest in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
Protesters run as police, unseen, open fire into the air near the US Embassy during a protest about a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Sanaa, Yemen, on Thursday, Sept 13, 2012.

In science:

To finish, we would like to point out that the present status of the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence could well be described by the popular american protest-song from the sixties that we transcribe next.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
Still, it arose a wave of protests among conservative physicists of all professional qualities (let us just mention their most famous EPR branch ).
PT-symmetry, ghosts, supersymmetry and Klein-Gordon equation
Hopefully, the similar protests against P T −symmetry, however existing , will prove much less resistent, the more so after the emergence of its defenses and reviews like the one which follows.
PT-symmetry, ghosts, supersymmetry and Klein-Gordon equation
Of course, the latter did not arouse as much protest, as the model of random-citing scientists, - but this is only because electrons do not have a voice.
Theory of citing
To emphasize the culturally important commentary and sharing, we collected data about six events in the time period of June 2009 to March 2012: the H1N1 virus outbreak, Michael Jackson’s death, the Iranian elections and protests, Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, the Egyptian revolution, and the Syrian uprising.
Losing My Revolution: How Many Resources Shared on Social Media Have Been Lost?