protest

A protest is a formal declaration of objection. If students at your school are fed up with the overly restrictive dress code, they might stage a protest. Washington, D.C. is often the site of political protests.

Protest is both a noun and a verb. You've probably seen news about protests, because people all over the world organize them when they need to get a message across urgently. A protest doesn't have to be on the world scale, however. You might protest against eating frozen pizza for the third night in a row, and you've certainly seen a little kid protest against going to bed. When protest is political, it's also known as dissent.

Definitions of protest
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n a formal and solemn declaration of objection

“they finished the game under protest to the league president”
“the senator rose to register his protest
Synonyms:
protestation
Type of:
objection
the speech act of objecting

n the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent

Synonyms:
dissent, objection
Examples:
Boston Tea Party
demonstration (1773) by citizens of Boston who (disguised as Indians) raided three British ships in Boston harbor and dumped hundreds of chests of tea into the harbor; organized as a protest against taxes on tea
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boycott
a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies
direct action
a protest action by labor or minority groups to obtain their demands
demonstration, manifestation
a public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature)
walkout
the act of walking out (of a meeting or organization) as a sign of protest
work-in
occasion when workers continue to work as a protest against e.g. proposed dismissal or closure of the factory
protest march
occasion when you can express opposition by marching (usually on some government institution) without a license
civil disobedience
a group's refusal to obey a law because they believe the law is immoral (as in protest against discrimination)
job action
a temporary action by workers to protest management decision or to make demands
nonviolence, nonviolent resistance, passive resistance
peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate
recusancy
refusal to submit to established authority; originally the refusal of Roman Catholics to attend services of the Church of England
Type of:
resistance
group action in opposition to those in power

n 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”
Type of:
objection
the speech act of objecting

v utter words of protest

Types:
declaim, inveigh
speak against in an impassioned manner
Type of:
complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off
express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

v express opposition through action or words

Synonyms:
dissent, resist
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strike, walk out
stop work in order to press demands
demonstrate, march
march in protest; take part in a demonstration
arise, rebel, rise, rise up
take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
rebel, renegade
break with established customs
picket
serve as pickets or post pickets
revolt
make revolution
mutiny
engage in a mutiny against an authority
Type of:
contradict, controvert, oppose
be resistant to

v affirm or avow formally or solemnly

“The suspect protested his innocence”
Type of:
affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify
to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

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