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pro·test(prə-tĕst′, prō-, prō′tĕst′)
pro•test(n. ˈproʊ tɛst; v. prəˈtɛst, ˈproʊ tɛst)
(See also REBELLION.)
anvil chorus Clamorous, vociferous protest on the part of many; clangorous complaining; squawking. The anvil is an imitative percussive instrument consisting of steel bars and a striker, used largely in opera, and then on the stage rather than in the orchestra. The musical composition often referred to as “The Anvil Chorus” is from Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
hue and cry Public, popular protest or outcry; noise, hullabaloo, clamor, uproar. The original, legal sense of this expression was a shout or cry calling for the pursuit of a felon, raised by the injured party or by an officer of the law. The phrase came from the Anglo-Norman hu e cri. Hue, now obsolete in this sense except in this expression, means Outcry, shouting, clamor, especially that raised by a multitude in war or chase;’ it is the noun form of the French verb huer ‘to hoot, cry, or shout,’ apparently of onomatopoeic origin. It has been suggested that hue originally referred to an inarticulate sound, such as that of a horn or trumpet as well as that of the voice, and was therefore distinct from cry. The legal sense of this expression dates from the late 13th century, while the general sense dates from the late 16th century.
The public took up the hue and cry conscientiously enough. (John Ruskin, Modern Painters, 1846)
raise Cain See BOISTEROUSNESS.
a voice in the wilderness A lone dissenter, a solitary protestor; one whose warnings are unheeded, whose exhortations are ignored, or whose attempts to rally others around a cause are unfruitful; a minority of one, or similar small minority; frequently a voice crying in the wilderness. The phrase owes its origin to the words of the prophet Isaiah:
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (40:3)
According to Matthew 3:3, Isaiah was referring to John the Baptist heralding the coming of Jesus Christ.
Protest can be a verb or a noun, but with different pronunciations.
Protest /prə'test/ is used as a verb to say that someone shows publicly that they do not approve of something. You can say that someone protests about something or protests against something.
In American English, you can use protest as a transitive verb. You say that someone protests something.
Protest can also be a reporting verb. If you protest that something is true, you insist that it is true, when someone has said or suggested the opposite.
The noun is pronounced /'prəʊtest/. Protest or a protest is behaviour in which someone shows publicly that they do not approve of something.
Past participle: protested
|Noun||1.||protest - a formal and solemn declaration of objection; "they finished the game under protest to the league president"; "the senator rose to register his protest"; "the many protestations did not stay the execution"|
objection - the speech act of objecting
|2.||protest - the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent|
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
resistance - group action in opposition to those in power
demonstration, manifestation - a public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature); "there were violent demonstrations against the war"
walkout - the act of walking out (of a meeting or organization) as a sign of protest; "there was a walkout by the Black members as the chairman rose to speak"
|3.||protest - 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"|
objection - the speech act of objecting
|Verb||1.||protest - utter words of protest|
kvetch, plain, quetch, complain, sound off, kick - express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"
|2.||protest - express opposition through action or words; "dissent to the laws of the country"|
walk out, strike - stop work in order to press demands; "The auto workers are striking for higher wages"; "The employees walked out when their demand for better benefits was not met"
demonstrate, march - march in protest; take part in a demonstration; "Thousands demonstrated against globalization during the meeting of the most powerful economic nations in Seattle"
|3.||protest - affirm or avow formally or solemnly; "The suspect protested his innocence"|
under protest → bajo protesta
I'll do it but under protest → lo haré pero que conste mi protesta
to make a protest → hacer una protesta
The unions joined in the protests against the government's proposals → Les syndicats se sont joints aux protestations contre le gouvernement.
He ignored their protests → Il a ignoré leurs protestations.
in protest → en signe de protestation
in protest at sth → pour protester contre qch