an·​ti·​slav·​ery | \ ˌan-tē-ˈslā-v(ə-)rē How to pronounce antislavery (audio) , ˌan-tī- \
variants: or anti-slavery

Definition of antislavery

: opposed to slavery an antislavery activist the antislavery movement

Other Words from antislavery

antislavery or anti-slavery noun
a strong proponent of antislavery

Examples of antislavery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The more potent political challenge came from the antislavery Republican Party. James Oakes, The New York Review of Books, 23 Mar. 2021 The antislavery constitutionalism that Lincoln embraced and helped develop would become the cornerstone for the politics of the Republican Party and in time would ignite southern secession. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2021 The Constitution was hardly an antislavery document. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2020 Guyatt praises Garrison for insisting that slavery was a national problem, a position that antislavery politicians repeatedly endorsed long before Garrison arrived on the scene. Nicholas Guyatt, The New York Review of Books, 6 June 2019 His pro-union, antislavery rhetoric was initially modeled by Abraham Lincoln (who always scores first place in this survey). Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2018 In 1730s Philadelphia, one Quaker's antislavery agitation cost him dearly. Joe Smydo,, 5 Nov. 2017 Its original Presbyterian congregation was fervently antislavery and was composed of some of the area’s most prominent citizens. Patti Nickell,, 6 Oct. 2017 In Washington, a Northern antislavery senator was beaten in the Senate chamber by a Southern congressman. Robert K. Landers, WSJ, 30 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of antislavery

1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Antislavery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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