verb \ə-ˈbä-lish\

: to officially end or stop (something, such as a law) : to completely do away with (something)

Full Definition of ABOLISH

transitive verb
:  to end the observance or effect of :  annul <abolish a law> <abolish slavery>
:  destroy
abol·ish·able \-li-shə-bəl\ adjective
abol·ish·er noun
abol·ish·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of ABOLISH

  1. He is in favor of abolishing the death penalty.
  2. <the U.S. abolished slavery by constitutional amendment on December 6, 1865>

Origin of ABOLISH

Middle English abolisshen, from Middle French aboliss-, stem of abolir, from Latin abolēre; probably akin to adolescere to grow up — more at adult
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with ABOLISH


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