If you're angry about the new rule that you have to wear bright pink shoes to work every day, why not write up a petition, get all your co-workers to sign it, and submit it to your boss.

Petition comes from the Anglo-Norman word peticiun, meaning "demand, request," and when you petition someone, you ask them to consider your request. If you write up a statement against the town's approval of a new carnival district and collect signatures from 100 neighbors to turn in to the city government, that's a petition. If you pray to the carnival gods to rain down ruin on the carnival, that's also a petition — and no signatures needed.

Definitions of petition
  1. noun
    a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
    synonyms: postulation, request
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    a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school
    appeal, collection, ingathering, solicitation
    request for a sum of money
    an urgent or peremptory request
    a request to a court for a ruling or order
    job application
    an application for a job
    credit application
    an application for a line of credit
    loan application
    an application to borrow money
    patent application
    an application for sole rights to an invention
    (British) solicitation of money usually for a benevolent purpose
    a demand by a sentry for a password or identification
    a final peremptory demand
    insistence, insisting
    continual and persistent demands
    call, claim
    a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"
    the act of requiring; an authoritative request or demand, especially by a military or public authority that takes something over (usually temporarily) for military or public use
    a demand for a show of hands in a card game
    call, margin call
    a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement
    pay claim, wage claim
    the wage demanded from management for workers by their union representatives
    type of:
    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
  2. noun
    reverent petition to a deity
    synonyms: orison, prayer
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    prayer wheel
    a cylinder with prayers written on it; each revolution counts as uttering the prayers; used especially by Buddhists in Tibet
    benediction, blessing
    a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
    a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England
    prayers proclaiming God's anger against sinners; read in the Church of England on Ash Wednesday
    a prayer to avert or remove some evil or disaster
    blessing, grace, thanksgiving
    a short prayer of thanks before a meal
    a prayer to God on behalf of another person
    invocation, supplication
    a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
    a prayer for the repose of the soul of a dead person
    a series of devotional prayers recited by Roman Catholics and often counted using a string of beads
    a spoken blessing
    a solemn supplication ceremony prescribed by the church
    type of:
    asking, request
    the verbal act of requesting
  3. verb
    write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing
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    make a humble, earnest petition
    type of:
    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
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