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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That same triangle, a symbol of death, became recast as ACT-UP’s defining symbol for gay liberation. Sonia K. Katyal,, "The sudden rush of vulgar trademarks," 23 June 2018 The permanent exhibition here takes you on a chronological journey from the rise of the Nazi party to the ghettoization and mass murder of Jews and, finally, to their liberation following the Allied victory. Amy Mckeever, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in D.C. You'll Want to Visit," 10 July 2018 The riots themselves were a reaction of transgender and gay people to the constant police raids on their bars and are considered the landmark event that sparked the LGBTQ radical liberation movement and its subsequent parades. Devlyn Camp, Chicago Reader, "Perspective / News / LGBTQ+ Pride double standard? Bars upset after police forced some to close early after parade," 29 June 2018 The story of Our Bodies, Ourselves begins in May of 1969, when 12 women met during a women’s liberation conference at Emmanuel College in Boston. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "‘Our Bodies, Ourselves,’ the Revolutionary Feminist Health Book, Will No Longer Print New Editions," 10 Apr. 2018 Sabrina's a wonderful emblem of the power of a free woman, of the liberation that comes from cutting ties to what no longer serves you. Gabriela Herstik, Glamour, "I'm a Modern Witch, and I Love Chilling Adventures of Sabrina So Much," 26 Oct. 2018 August’s message of liberation, fueled by the Leo Sun’s trust in the right here, right now, is that releasing attachment to the endgame can lead us to straight to the seat of our heart-pumping power. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes August 2018," 27 July 2018 Months later, C-5s participated in the buildup that enabled Operation Desert Storm, the liberation of Kuwait. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the C-5 Galaxy Is Such a Badass Plane," 18 July 2018 Her teaching style focuses on self-love and body liberation, reminding everyone that there are no boundaries as to who can find joy indownward dog. Hannah Pasternak, SELF, "10 Instagrammers Who Will Make Your Life Better, According to Tess Holliday," 26 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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