Protest Pro*test", v. 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. [1913 Webster]

He protest that his measures are pacific. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

The lady doth protest too much, methinks. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To make a solemn declaration (often a written one) expressive of opposition; -- with against; as, he protest against your votes. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

The conscience has power . . . to protest againts the exorbitancies of the passions. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To affirm; asseverate; assert; aver; attest; testify; declare; profess. See {Affirm}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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