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 for Protest
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Protest \Pro*test"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Protested; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Protesting.] [F. protester, L. protestari, pro
     before + testari to be a witness, testis a witness. See
     1. To affirm in a public or formal manner; to bear witness;
        to declare solemnly; to avow.
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              He protest that his measures are pacific. --Landor.
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              The lady doth protest too much, methinks. --Shak.
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     2. To make a solemn declaration (often a written one)
        expressive of opposition; -- with against; as, he protest
        against your votes. --Denham.
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              The conscience has power . . . to protest againts
              the exorbitancies of the passions.    --Shak.
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     Syn: To affirm; asseverate; assert; aver; attest; testify;
          declare; profess. See Affirm.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Protest \Pro*test"\, v. t.
     1. To make a solemn declaration or affirmation of; to
        proclaim; to display; as, to protest one's loyalty.
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              I will protest your cowardice.        --Shak.
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     2. To call as a witness in affirming or denying, or to prove
        an affirmation; to appeal to.
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              Fiercely [they] opposed
              My journey strange, with clamorous uproar
              Protesting fate supreme.              --Milton.
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     To protest a bill or To protest a note (Law), to make a
        solemn written declaration, in due form, on behalf of the
        holder, against all parties liable for any loss or damage
        to be sustained by the nonacceptance or the nonpayment of
        the bill or note, as the case may be. This should be made
        by a notary public, whose seal it is the usual practice to
        affix. --Kent. --Story.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Protest \Pro"test\, n. [Cf. F. prot[^e]t, It. protesto. See
     Protest, v.]
     1. A solemn declaration of opinion, commonly a formal
        objection against some act; especially, a formal and
        solemn declaration, in writing, of dissent from the
        proceedings of a legislative body; as, the protest of
        lords in Parliament.
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     2. (Law)
        (a) A solemn declaration in writing, in due form, made by
            a notary public, usually under his notarial seal, on
            behalf of the holder of a bill or note, protesting
            against all parties liable for any loss or damage by
            the nonacceptance or nonpayment of the bill, or by the
            nonpayment of the note, as the case may be.
        (b) A declaration made by the master of a vessel before a
            notary, consul, or other authorized officer, upon his
            arrival in port after a disaster, stating the
            particulars of it, and showing that any damage or loss
            sustained was not owing to the fault of the vessel,
            her officers or crew, but to the perils of the sea,
            etc., ads the case may be, and protesting against
        (c) A declaration made by a party, before or while paying
            a tax, duty, or the like, demanded of him, which he
            deems illegal, denying the justice of the demand, and
            asserting his rights and claims, in order to show that
            the payment was not voluntary. --Story. --Kent.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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" [syn: protest,
      2: the act of protesting; a public (often organized)
         manifestation of dissent [syn: protest, objection,
      3: 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"
      v 1: utter words of protest
      2: express opposition through action or words; "dissent to the
         laws of the country" [syn: protest, resist, dissent]
      3: affirm or avow formally or solemnly; "The suspect protested
         his innocence"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  348 Moby Thesaurus words for "protest":
     affirm, affirmance, affirmation, allegation, allege, announce,
     announcement, annunciate, annunciation, argue, assert, assertion,
     assever, asseverate, asseveration, aver, averment, avouch,
     avouchment, avow, avowal, bad debt, ban, bashfulness,
     be at cross-purposes, beef, beefing, bellyache, bellyaching, bitch,
     bitching, blackball, blackballing, boggle, boggling, boycott,
     break bounds, break step, call in question, categorically reject,
     challenge, combat, combative reaction, complain, complain loudly,
     complaining, complaint, compunction, conclusion, confirm, confront,
     contend, contend with, contrariety, counter, counteract,
     counteraction, countervail, counterwork, creed, cross,
     cry out against, declaration, declare, default, defection,
     defiance, delinquence, delinquency, demonstrate,
     demonstrate against, demonstration, demur, demurral, demurrer,
     denial, deny, depose, destructive criticism, deviation, dictum,
     difficulty, diffidence, dim view, disaccord, disaccordance,
     disagree, disagreement, disallow, disappointment, disapprobation,
     disapproval, disapprove, disapprove of, disclaim, disclaimer,
     disconformity, discontent, discontentedness, discontentment,
     disenchantment, disesteem, disfavor, disgruntlement, dishonor,
     dishonoring, disillusion, disillusionment, displeasure, dispute,
     disrespect, dissatisfaction, dissent, dissent from, dissentience,
     distaste, drop out, enter a protest, enunciate, enunciation,
     except, exception, exclude, exclusion, expostulate, expostulation,
     express, face down, face out, face up to, falter, faltering,
     faultfinding, fight, fractiousness, front, frown at, frown down,
     frown upon, go against, grievance, grievance committee, grimace at,
     gripe, griping, groan, groaning, grouse, grousing, grumble,
     grumbling, have, hesitance, hesitancy, hesitation, hold, holler,
     howl, inaccordance, incongruity, inconsistency, indignation,
     indignation meeting, insist, insist on, inveigh against,
     involuntarily, ipse dixit, issue a manifesto, join the opposition,
     kick, kick against, kicking, lay down, levant, look askance at,
     look black upon, low estimation, low opinion, maintain,
     make a stand, make waves, manifesto, march, meet head-on, modesty,
     murmuring, negativism, noncompliance, nonconcurrence, nonconform,
     nonconformance, nonconformism, nonconformity, noncooperation,
     nondischarge of debts, nonobservance, nonpayment, nonremittal,
     nonviolent protest, not abide, not approve, not comply,
     not conform, not go for, not hear of, not hold with, not pay,
     object, object to, objection, obstinacy, offer resistance, oppose,
     opposition, opposure, opt out, originality, ostracism, ostracize,
     passive resistance, pause, peeve, peevishness, pet peeve,
     petulance, picket, picketing, play at cross-purposes, position,
     position paper, positive declaration, predicate, predication,
     press objections, proclaim, proclamation, profess, profession,
     pronounce, pronouncement, proposition, protest demonstration,
     protestation, protested bill, put, put it, qualm,
     qualm of conscience, qualmishness, querulousness, question,
     raise a howl, rally, reaction, rebuff, recalcitrance,
     recalcitrancy, recalcitrate, recalcitration, recoil, recusance,
     recusancy, refractoriness, refuse to pay, reject, rejection,
     reluct, reluctance, reluctantly, remonstrance, remonstrate,
     remonstration, renitence, renitency, repellence, repellency,
     repudiate, repudiation, repulse, repulsion, resist, resistance,
     revolt, rock the boat, run against, run counter to, say, say no to,
     say-so, saying, scolding, scruple, scrupulosity, scrupulousness,
     set down, show fight, shrinking, shyness, sit in, sit-in, sniping,
     speak, speak out, speak up, squawk, squawking, stance, stand,
     stand at bay, stand for, stand on, stand up against, stand up to,
     state, statement, stickling, stop payment, strike, strive against,
     submit, take exception, take exception to, take issue with,
     teach in, teach-in, think ill of, think little of, thumb down,
     thumbs-down, traverse, uncollectible, unconformity,
     uncooperativeness, under protest, unhappiness, unwillingly,
     utterance, view with disfavor, vote against, vouch, welsh, whining,
     withstand, withstanding, word, yapping, yell bloody murder

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PROTEST, mar. law. A writing, attested by a justice of the peace or a 
  consul, drawn by the master of a vessel, stating the severity of a voyage by 
  which a ship has suffered, and showing it was not owing to the neglect or 
  misconduct of the master. Vide Marsh. Ins. 715, 716. See 1 Wash. C. R. 145; 
  Id. 238; Id. 408, n.; 1 Pet. C. R. 119; 1 Dall. 6; Id. 10; Id. 317; 2 Dall. 
  195; 3 Watts & Serg. 144; 3 Binn. 228, n.; 1 Yeates, 261. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PROTEST, legislation. A declaration made by one or more members of a 
  legislative body that they do not agree with some act or resolution of the 
  body; it is usual to add the reasons which the protestants have for such a 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PROTEST, contracts. A notarial act, made for want of payment of a promissory 
  note, or for want of acceptance or payment of a bill of exchange, by a 
  notary public, in which it is declared that all parties to such instruments 
  will be held responsible to the holder for all damages, exchanges, 
  reexchanges, &c. 
       2. There are two kinds of protest, namely, protest for non-acceptance, 
  and protest for non-payment. When a protest is made and notice of the non-
  payment or non-acceptance given to the parties in proper time, they will be 
  held responsible. 3 Kent, Com. 63; Chit. on Bills, 278; 3 Pardes. n. 418 to 
  441; Merl. Repert. h.t.; COID. Dig. Merchant, F 8, 9, 10; Bac. Ab. Merchant, 
  &c. M 7. 
       3. There is also a species of protest, common in England, which is 
  called protest for better security. It may be made when a merchant who has 
  accepted a bill becomes insolvent, or is publicly reported to have failed in 
  his credit, or absents himself from change, before the bill he has accepted 
  becomes due, or when the holder has any just reason to suppose it will not 
  be paid; and on demand the acceptor refuses to give it. Notice of such 
  protest must, as in other cases, be sent by the first post. 1 Ld. Raym. 745; 
  Mar. 27. 
       4. In making the protest, three things are to be done: the noting; 
  demanding acceptance or payment or, as above, better security and drawing up 
  the protest. 1. The noting, (q.v.) is unknown to the law as distinguished 
  from the protest. 2. The demand, (q.v.) which must be made by a person 
  having authority to receive the money. 3. The drawing up of the protest, 
  which is a mere matter of form. Vide Acceptance; Bills of Exchange. 

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