protest Definition

  • 1a statement or action expressing disapproval or objection to something
  • 2an organized public demonstration expressing strong objection to an official policy or course of action

Using protest: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "protest" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The students protested against the new dress code.

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    The workers protested the unfair labor practices.

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    The citizens protested the government's decision to raise taxes.

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    The activists protested outside the embassy.

protest Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for protest

Antonyms for protest

Idioms Using protest

  • kick up a fuss/protest/stink

    to make a lot of noise or trouble in order to complain about something


    The customers kicked up a fuss when they found out the restaurant was out of their favorite dish.

  • to make a show of objecting too strongly to something, which may indicate that the opposite is true


    When he denied any involvement in the scandal, I thought he was protesting too much.

  • sing a different tune/song

    to change one's opinion or attitude, especially after being confronted with new information or circumstances


    After seeing the evidence, he sang a different tune and admitted his mistake.

Phrases with protest

  • a nonviolent demonstration or march expressing disapproval or objection to something


    The group organized a peaceful protest against police brutality.

  • a public procession of people expressing strong objection to an official policy or course of action


    The protest march against the war drew thousands of participants.

  • a vote cast in order to register a protest against a particular candidate or party rather than to support the one chosen


    Many voters cast a protest vote in the last election to express their dissatisfaction with the current political climate.

Origins of protest

from Old French 'protester', from Latin 'protestari', meaning 'declare publicly, testify'


Summary: protest in Brief

The term 'protest' [ˈprəʊtɛst] refers to expressing disapproval or objection to something, often through organized public demonstrations. It can take the form of peaceful protests, such as marches, or protest votes. Idioms like 'kick up a fuss' and 'protest too much' describe making a lot of noise or changing one's opinion, respectively.

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