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>


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

Origin and Etymology of abolitionism

see abolition

First Known Use: 1807

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