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protest

noun     /ˈprəʊ.test/ US  /proʊˈtest/
[C or U] a strong complaint expressing disagreement, disapproval, or opposition: Protests have been made/registered by many people who would be affected by the proposed changes. A formal protest was made by the German team about their disqualification from the relay final. Conservation groups have united in protest against the planned new road.Opposing and againstComplaining B2 [C] an occasion when people show that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc.: a public protest against the war a peaceful/violent protestActivism and pressure groupsOpposing and against under protest If something is done under protest, it is done unwillingly: I only went to the meeting under protest.Unwilling and reluctantReady and willingLacking interest and enthusiasm
(Definition of protest noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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