lib·er·a·tion | \ˌli-bə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of liberation 

1 : the act of liberating : the state of being liberated

2 : a movement seeking equal rights and status for a group women's liberation

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liberationist \ˌli-bə-ˈrā-sh(ə-)nist \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for liberation


emancipation, enfranchisement, freeing, manumission



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Examples of liberation in a Sentence

The liberation of the city took weeks. the liberation of the slaves was one of the key results of the Civil War

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The lifting of the driving ban is one step closer to the independence and liberation of Saudi women. Lara Takenaga, New York Times, "For Saudi Women, Challenges Go Far Beyond Driving," 23 June 2018 Obama’s state department, led by Hillary Clinton, became the country’s main institutional proponent of the thesis that, wherever the internet went, there also went markets, and entrepreneurship, and liberation. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Facebook," 30 Apr. 2018 He and his husband were involved beginning in the 1960s in what was then called the gay liberation movement. Kevin Riordan,, "LGBTQ seniors in New Jersey seek welcoming places to live," 30 Apr. 2018 Nina, a tough, independent woman in Brooklyn, New York, is visited by her estranged father, Kenyatta, a former revolutionary in the black liberation movement who is desperate to mend their broken relationship. Andrea Simakis,, "Dobama Theatre's 59th season a celebration of women's work, from Annie Baker's 'John' to Jennifer Haley's 'The Nether'," 7 Apr. 2018 His disruptive tendency was visible again on Sunday, when many Americans were observing Easter or Passover, festivals of renewal and liberation. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump embraces his instincts at a key global moment," 2 Apr. 2018 Later that same year, Sister Martin de Porres Grey organized the National Black Sisters’ Conference, challenging black sisters to involve themselves in the liberation of black people. Smithsonian, "The History of Black Catholics in America," 8 June 2018 The official national day is on the 3rd of July, marking Minsk's liberation from Hitler's Nazi forces in 1944. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire celebrating 100-year milestones," 28 June 2018 All across the Netherlands on Saturday over 1 million people congregated in cities and villages to remember the nation's liberation from German occupation at the end of World War II. Fox News, "Dutch police arrest man after stabbing of 3 in The Hague," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of liberation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of liberation

: the act or process of freeing someone or something from another's control : the act of liberating someone or something

: the removal of traditional social or sexual rules, attitudes, etc.

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to reject or criticize sharply

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