ab·​o·​li·​tion | \ ˌa-bə-ˈli-shᵊn How to pronounce abolition (audio) \

Definition of abolition

1 : the act of officially ending or stopping something : the act of abolishing something abolition of the death penalty
2 : the abolishing of slavery a proponent of abolition

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Other Words from abolition

abolitionary \ -​ˈli-​shᵊn-​ˌer-​ē How to pronounce abolitionary (audio) , -​ˌe-​rē \ adjective

Examples of abolition in a Sentence

the abolition of a law calls for the abolition of the death penalty

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And once Donald Trump won the presidency — and stamped his garish brand on deportation — a call for the abolition of internal immigration enforcement began steadily building within the Democratic grassroots. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Abolishing ICE Is About As Popular As Trump’s Immigration Agenda," 11 July 2018 The implication was that the abolition of ICE, a demand that started with left-wing activists and writers, would be a killer wedge issue against moderate Democrats. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Nobody knows how ‘abolish ICE’ plays politically," 29 June 2018 This is for Heather Heyer, ICE abolition, open borders, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and ending the settler colonial system. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Charlottesville Anniversary Events Are Scheduled in Charlottesville and Washington, D.C.," 10 Aug. 2018 From lawmakers to congressional candidates, read on for a look at some Democrats who have begun to call for the abolition of ICE. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Democrats calling for ICE to be abolished include Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and others," 31 Aug. 2018 Twitter – to push back on some Democrats' calls for the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement which has been carrying out the president's directive. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Where is Trump? President is at his golf resort in New Jersey as thousands protest in DC," 30 June 2018 There are about 35 Democrats in Congress who support the abolition of ICE; 133 Democrats would not take a position on a resolution. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: I want the Mueller probe to go on and on," 12 Aug. 2018 Benjamin Franklin served as president of an abolition society and yet owned two slaves. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘No Property in Man’ and ‘The War Before the War’ Review: The Fuse the Founders Lit," 22 Nov. 2018 Sojourner Truth, a legendary orator who had a hand disability, lit the flames of modern feminism through speeches about women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of abolition

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abolition

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French abolition, borrowed from Latin abolitiōn-, abolitiō, from aboli-, variant stem of abolēre "to abolish" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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ab·​o·​li·​tion | \ ˌa-bə-ˈli-shən How to pronounce abolition (audio) \

Kids Definition of abolition

: a complete elimination of the abolition of war

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