Protestancy to Protract
(Prot"es*tan*cy) n. Protestantism. [R.]
(Prot"es*tant) n. [F. protestant, fr. L. protestans, -antis, p. pr. of protestare. See Protest,
v.] One who protests; originally applied to those who adhered to Luther, and protested against, or
made a solemn declaration of dissent from, a decree of the Emperor Charles V. and the Diet of Spires,
in 1529, against the Reformers, and appealed to a general council; now used in a popular sense to
designate any Christian who does not belong to the Roman Catholic or the Greek Church.
(Prot"es*tant) a. [Cf. F. protestant.]
1. Making a protest; protesting.
2. Of or pertaining to the faith and practice of those Christians who reject the authority of the Roman
Catholic Church; as, Protestant writers.
(Prot`es*tant"ic*al) a. Protestant. [Obs.]
(Prot"es*tant*ism) n. [Cf. F. protestantisme.] The quality or state of being protestant,
especially against the Roman Catholic Church; the principles or religion of the Protestants.
(Prot"es*tant*ly), adv. Like a Protestant; in conformity with Protestantism. [R.] Milton.
(Prot`es*ta"tion) n. [L. protestatio: cf. F. protestation. See Protest.]
1. The act of making a protest; a public avowal; a solemn declaration, especially of dissent. " The protestation
of our faith." Latimer.
2. (Law) Formerly, a declaration in common-law pleading, by which the party interposes an oblique
allegation or denial of some fact, protesting that it does or does not exist, and at the same time avoiding
a direct affirmation or denial.
(Prot"es*ta`tor) n. [Cf. F. protestateur.] One who makes protestation; a protester.
1. One who protests; one who utters a solemn declaration. Shak.
2. (Law) One who protests a bill of exchange, or note.
(Pro*test"ing*ly), adv. By way of protesting.
(Pro"te*us) n. [L., Gr. .]
1. (Class. Myth.) A sea god in the service of Neptune who assumed different shapes at will. Hence,
one who easily changes his appearance or principles.
2. (Zoöl.) (a) A genus of aquatic eel-shaped amphibians found in caves in Austria. They have permanent
external gills as well as lungs. The eyes are small and the legs are weak. (b) A changeable protozoan; an
(Pro`tha*la"mi*on Pro`tha*la"mi*um) n. [NL., fr. Gr. before + chamber, especially, the
bridal chamber.] A song in celebration of a marriage. Drayton.
(||Pro*thal"li*um) n.; pl. Prothallia [NL.] (Bot.) Same as Prothallus.