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abolitionist

noun ab·o·li·tion·ist \ ˌa-bə-ˈli-shᵊn-ist \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of abolitionist

plural abolitionists
: a person who wants to stop or abolish slavery : an advocate of abolition
  • Before going to England I had had no proper conception of the deep interest displayed by the abolitionists of England in the cause of freedom, nor did I realize the amount of substantial help given by them.
  • —Booker T. Washington
  • On the spectrum of abhorrent business practices, buying and selling humans, especially children, remains the gold standard. Yet modern abolitionists say it happens all the time.
  • —Belinda Luscombe
  • While with him at an antislavery convention in London, which shocked her by barring women as delegates, she found her ideal model in another delegate, Lucretia Mott, the noted Quaker abolitionist and feminist.
  • —Milton Rugoff

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First Known Use of abolitionist

1791


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abolitionist

adjective

Definition of abolitionist

: of, relating to, or supporting abolitionists or abolitionism : advocating the end of slavery
  • abolitionist writings
  • … the virulence of public reaction to antislavery activity in the East appears to have been a reason for the deployment of abolitionist resources and energies into the Middle West.
  • —Marilynne Robinson
  • … he was genuinely concerned with the poor, and an aggressive supporter of abolitionist causes and women's education.
  • —Jesse Sheidlower

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First Known Use of abolitionist

1833


ABOLITIONIST Defined for Kids

abolitionist

noun ab·o·li·tion·ist \ ˌa-bə-ˈli-shə-nist \

Definition of abolitionist for Students

: a person favoring the abolition of slavery


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