Definition of manumit
: to release from slavery
Examples of manumit in a sentence
<though he was an outspoken defender of liberty, this son of Virginia did not manumit his own slaves until he was on his deathbed>
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To set someone free from captivity is in effect to release that person from the hand, or control, of the captor. You can use this analogy to remember that manumit derives ultimately from the Latin noun manus, meaning "hand," plus the Latin verb mittere, meaning "to let go or "send." The two roots joined hands in Latin to form the verb "manumittere" (meaning "to free from slavery"), which in turn passed into Anglo-French as manumettre and eventually into Middle English as "manumitten." "Manus" has handed down other words to English as well. One of them is "emancipate," which is both a relative and synonym of "manumit."
Origin and Etymology 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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