Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Those who were initiated were supposed to be peculiarly under the protection of the gods.

But the friends of Protection did not leave the Premier without opposition.

Protection grew fierce, and fanned the burning sense of wrong.

I want you, moreover, to advocate our American doctrine of Protection.

I knew how useless it was, and I remembered that he himself had armed me for my protection.

The laws of the time gave no protection to musical and dramatic copyright.

I am satisfied with the word, and with the protection given to those who use it.

Angelique recollected the night she had passed there under the protection of these saints.

At this ominous sight, I instinctively seized the bitts for protection.

I had hastened forward, convinced that my aid and protection were direly needed.


mid-14c., "shelter, defense; keeping, guardianship;" late 14c. as "that which protects," from Old French proteccion "protection, shield" (12c.) and directly from Late Latin protectionem (nominative protectio) "a covering over," noun of action from past participle stem of protegere "protect, cover in front," from pro- "in front" + tegere "to cover" (see stegosaurus).

A common Old English word for "protect" was beorgan. International economic sense is from 1789. In gangster sense, "freedom from molestation in exchange for money," it is attested from 1860. Ecological sense of "attempted preservation by laws" is from 1880 (originally of wild birds in Britain). Also in medieval England, "the protection or maintenance of a lord or patron; sponsorship." To put (someone) out of protection meant to deprive him or her of the security of the protection of the kingdom's laws.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.