protest (v.)
make protestation, avow, affirm, proclaim
1H6 IV.ii.19[General to Talbot] I protest we are well fortified
Ham III.ii.240[Gertrude to Hamlet, of the Player Queen] The lady doth protest too much
JC III.i.238[Brutus aside to Cassius] What Antony shall speak, I will protest / He speaks by leave and by permission
MA IV.i.275[Benedick to Beatrice] I protest I love thee
MA V.i.144[Benedick aside to Claudio] Do me right, or I will protest your cowardice
Mac V.ii.11.1[Lennox to Cathness, of the English army] there is Seyward's son / And many unrough youths that even now / Protest their first of manhood
Tim III.ii.81[First Stranger to Second and Third Strangers] Yet I protest ... / I would have put my wealth into donation
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