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

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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 Constitution was hardly an antislavery document. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, "What Tom Cotton Gets So Wrong About Slavery and the Constitution," 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, "‘No Property in Man’: An Exchange," 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, "The 10 worst presidents: Besides Trump, whom do scholars scorn the most?," 20 Feb. 2018 In 1730s Philadelphia, one Quaker's antislavery agitation cost him dearly. Joe Smydo,, "'The Fearless Benjamin Lay': A Pennsylvania Quaker dwarf who was a giant in abolitionism," 5 Nov. 2017 Its original Presbyterian congregation was fervently antislavery and was composed of some of the area’s most prominent citizens. Patti Nickell,, "Learn the history, see the art of Southern Indiana," 6 Oct. 2017 In Washington, a Northern antislavery senator was beaten in the Senate chamber by a Southern congressman. Robert K. Landers, WSJ, "The First Republican Candidate," 30 July 2017

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First Known Use of antislavery

1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Antislavery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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