abolitionism

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noun ab·o·li·tion·ism \-ˈli-shən-ˌi-zəm\

Definition of abolitionism

  1. :  principles or measures promoting the abolition especially of slavery among the New Englanders committed to abolitionism

abolitionist

play \-ist\ noun or adjective a leading abolitionist [=proponent of abolition] before the Civil War abolitionist policies

Origin and Etymology of abolitionism

abolition + -ism


First Known Use: 1807


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to cast off or become cast off

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