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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As the Burmese teacher S.N. Goenka has noted, the Buddha didn’t teach a sectarian religion, but rather a way of life, a tool for achieving clarity, peace of mind, and liberation from suffering. Eliza Barclay, Vox, "The growth of yoga and meditation in the US since 2012 is remarkable," 11 Nov. 2018 But until everyone in the country is truly invested in the lives and safety of black women—beyond posts and hashtags—we’ll never reach full liberation. Niema Jordan, Glamour, "Why We Can't Afford to Ignore the Killing of Oakland Teenager Nia Wilson," 27 July 2018 The protests of 1968 ushered in more than five years of social upheaval, intensifying an antiwar movement in Europe and contributing to the women’s liberation and gay rights movements. New York Times, "Printing a Revolution: The Posters of Paris ’68," 4 May 2018 Furthermore, the empathy they are asked to exude does not work toward their liberation. Eva Lewis, Teen Vogue, "I Traveled to Paris to Advocate for Human Rights in Chicago's South Side," 27 Nov. 2018 The 33-page document from 1946 describes widespread anti-Semitism in Poland after liberation from the Nazi occupation. Wojciech Moskwa,, "Poland Softens Holocaust Law That Caused an International Outcry," 27 June 2018 After the liberation, Miss Peto was outside peddling handmade purses when Sergeant Leiber strolled by. Warren Strugatch, New York Times, "The Leibers Are Gone. But Their Bling Is Back.," 25 May 2018 The work was inspired by the artist’s vision of his mother’s death as a liberation. George Fishman, miamiherald, "Monarchs ‘Brown and Native’ butterfly exhibit a response to contemporary events," 13 July 2018 The overwhelming thing that came out was that people view this as … a liberation and euphoric energy. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "Budweiser Looks to 'Light Up The World Cup' at Moscow Club Bud Parties With Zedd, Diplo, Nas & More," 8 June 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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