an·​ti·​slav·​ery ˌan-tē-ˈslā-v(ə-)rē How to pronounce antislavery (audio)
variants or anti-slavery
: opposed to slavery
an antislavery activist
the antislavery movement
antislavery noun
or anti-slavery
a strong proponent of antislavery

Examples of antislavery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Slipping into the throng on the main floor, likely incognito until the time was right, William and Ellen were surrounded on all sides, across the floor and up to the balconies, by antislavery advocates of many colors., 5 Jan. 2023 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antislavery was in 1811

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“Antislavery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: opposing slavery
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