lib·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌli-bə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce liberation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce liberationist (audio) \ noun

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The liberation of the city took weeks. the liberation of the slaves was one of the key results of the Civil War
Recent Examples on the Web This would ultimately lead to liberation from the cycle of birth and death. Beverley Mcguire, Quartzy, "Are meditation apps missing the point?," 10 Nov. 2019 In reality, the whole of Africa became free when South Africa attained its liberation. John J Stremlau, Quartz Africa, "The fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago still resonates across Africa," 8 Nov. 2019 And Why That Still Matters Today Tubman was unflinching in her commitment to liberation and would use the power of her pistol if necessary. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Time, "The True Story of Harriet Tubman Shows That Sometimes Running Is as Brave as Fighting," 1 Nov. 2019 At the Yalta Conference, Churchill and Roosevelt also obtained Stalin’s agreement on the Declarations on Poland and Liberated Europe, which assured their liberation, independence, and democratic selection of government. Conrad Black, National Review, "Planning the Post-War World," 24 Oct. 2019 To me, that looked like the most viable path to liberation. Gayla Tillman, Teen Vogue, "I'm a Young Black Activist in Georgia. I Don't See Voting As the Only Answer.," 3 Oct. 2019 My liberation was to finally break free from the obligation to love someone who was incapable of love. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Father-in-law wants to issue premarital warning," 10 Sep. 2019 This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which led to the Allied liberation of Europe — making these annual Bay Area events all the more poignant. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "Celebrate World War II’s end with Spirit of 45, Rosie the Riveter," 5 Aug. 2019 On its ridge is the village of Kiryat Luza, where, on the eve of each Passover, the roughly 800 members of the Samaritan community gather to pray and observe their liberation from slavery in Egypt. National Geographic, "The very ancient Passover of one of the smallest religions in the world," 19 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of liberation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of liberation was in the 15th century

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10 Dec 2019

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“Liberation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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