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

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
Type of:
the speech act of objecting

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

dissent, objection
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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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)
the act of walking out (of a meeting or organization) as a sign of protest
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
refusal to submit to established authority; originally the refusal of Roman Catholics to attend services of the Church of England
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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:
the speech act of objecting

v utter words of protest

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

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
serve as pickets or post pickets
make revolution
engage in a mutiny against an authority
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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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