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.

(Pro*test"er) n.

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 amœba.

(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.

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