Definition of manumit
: to release from slavery
Examples of manumit
<though he was an outspoken defender of liberty, this son of Virginia did not manumit his own slaves until he was on his deathbed>
Origin of manumit
Middle English manumitten, from Anglo-French manumettre, from Latin manumittere, from manus hand + mittere to let go, send
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of manumit
free, release, liberate, emancipate, manumit mean to set loose from restraint or constraint. free implies a usually permanent removal from whatever binds, confines, entangles, or oppresses <freed the animals from their cages>. release suggests a setting loose from confinement, restraint, or a state of pressure or tension, often without implication of permanent liberation <released his anger on a punching bag>. liberate stresses particularly the resulting state of liberty <liberated their country from the tyrant>. emancipate implies the liberation of a person from subjection or domination <labor-saving devices emancipated us from household drudgery>. manumit implies emancipation from slavery <the document manumitted the slaves>.
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