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

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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On D-Day in 1944, when the U.S. and its allies landed on the beaches of Normandy to begin the liberation of Europe, Orlando was paying close attention. Roger Simmons,, "D-Day 1944: Read our Orlando Sentinel pages from 75 years ago," 6 June 2019 And yet there’s something admirably ornery about Weinzweig’s refusal to deliver a straightforward novel of empowerment, a narrative of liberation, a role model — as if insisting on a flawed heroine is itself an act of resistance. New York Times, "Her Lover May Not Exist, but Her Doubts About the Patriarchy Are Real," 6 July 2018 Without action that supports women's liberation, the promises act as just a mirage for the Saudi people. Hannah Wiley, USA TODAY, "Saudi Arabia's 'right to drive' not enough, human rights experts say," 13 June 2018 Within its halls, a mass was held in 1944 to celebrate the liberation of Paris from Nazi Germany. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "As Notre Dame Smolders, France Promises to Rebuild," 15 Apr. 2019 Zaps quickly transformed from a startling affront on civility to a necessary part of the liberation movement. Sascha Cohen, Smithsonian, "How Gay Activists Challenged the Politics of Civility," 10 July 2018 And the narrative of robot awakening—in which a class of beings treated as lesser seeks new rights—offers an obvious, if crude, allegory for the women’s liberation movement. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Soul of Solo Is a Droid," 27 May 2018 It was written in 1923 by fierce suffragist Alice Paul, and was passed by Congress at the height of the women’s liberation movement in 1972. Kate Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Why the United States Constitution Needs An Equal Rights Amendment," 29 Oct. 2018 Since the women’s liberation movement took off in the late ’60s, leading to more opportunities for women pursue a wider range of job and education opportunities, the image of the family breadwinner changed. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "What It Means to Be a 'Good' Father in America Has Changed. Here's How," 15 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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