- 1An emphatic declaration in response to doubt or accusation: her protestations of innocence were in vain [mass noun]: no amount of protestation made any differenceMore example sentences
- Despite its protestations to the contrary, the Second Circuit must have doubted whether we are really at war.
- They continue to claim, despite UEFA's protestations to the contrary, that their pitch will soon be unsuitable for European competition.
- Instead, we must listen to protestations of innocence and some nonsense suggesting that his sample had been sabotaged, and they know who did it.
- 2An objection or protest: he was warned by the referee for his loud protestationsMore example sentences
- The loud protestations of those who are fuming at the school board makes you wonder who they think the victims of this whole thing are?
- The stronger the pull of integration, the louder the protestations against it.
- Despite our protestations and grumblings, most Jakartans despair in silence without ever making their grievances heard.
Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin protestatio(n-), from protestari 'to protest' (see protest).