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 liberation (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web An exercise in learning awareness of the body as a form of liberation. Vogue, 5 May 2022 The museum’s sculptures were completed in 2003, late in her career, and depict women as pivotal to any type of liberation. Shantay Robinson, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2022 But there was a sense of liberation rehabbing in anonymity, throwing on backfields, working to improve. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 More than thirty years ago, the fall of the Soviet Union was viewed as an incredible moment of liberation. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2022 Many Falklanders, who commemorate the end of the war on June 14 as a day of liberation, still view Argentina with mistrust and demand self-determination for the archipelago. NBC News, 1 Apr. 2022 In 2020, Queen Margrethe shared her memories of liberation. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 14 Mar. 2022 Fania and Maria’s family, who stayed in Ukraine, lost touch in the immediate aftermath of liberation and for years following. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 His new influence in global capitals and capacity to mobilize political heat on foreign leaders could be invaluable to the Ukrainian cause, which is why an eventual flight from Kyiv might be essential for his country’s hopes of liberation. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of liberation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Liberation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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