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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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 Director Aaron Posner saw analogies between this era of women’s liberation and the Bard’s uproarious play, which sees scheming Falstaff’s plan to bilk wealthy wives of their fortunes unravel when the women band together. Washington Post, "15 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 13 Jan. 2020 The nuclear deal was intended to give Iran’s leaders an incentive to diminish hostility as a means of seeking liberation from the sanctions. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Iran’s Grim Economy Limits Its Willingness to Confront the U.S.," 13 Jan. 2020 In response, Tutu condemned the use of any form of violence as a means to achieve liberation. Khanya Mtshali, The New Yorker, "The Complex Legacy of Vigilantism in South Africa," 26 Dec. 2019 White wants one of his future projects to be about the dueling legacies of Wounded Knee—the massacre and the liberation. Julian Brave Noisecat, Harper's magazine, "Perhaps the World Ends Here," 5 Dec. 2019 Premiere Surge / United Kingdom (Director: Aneil Karia, Screenwriters: Rupert Jones, Rita Kalnejais, Producers: Julia Godzinskaya, Sophie Vickers)― A man goes on a bold and reckless journey of self-liberation through London. Mary Sollosi,, "Taylor Swift doc among movies headed to 2020 Sundance Film Festival," 4 Dec. 2019 The solo show takes place on the eve of the 1976 Democratic senatorial primary, as Abzug tells tales of her life as a lawyer and congresswoman in the early days of women’s liberation. Mia J. Merrill,, "Why is a man starring in a play about legendary politician Bella Abzug?," 20 Nov. 2019 The mandate of the OAU insofar as liberation was concerned was coming to an end because South Africa was about to become free. John J Stremlau, Quartz Africa, "The fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago still resonates across Africa," 8 Nov. 2019 Byrne’s throwback moment as a proudly stylish Steinem is a fine reminder that short hemlines can indeed be empowering—and acts as a timely reminder of the women who used fashion as a tool to advance feminist liberation. Vogue, "Rose Byrne Stars as Gloria Steinem and Reminds Us Why the Minidress Is a Totem of Women’s Lib," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of liberation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Jan 2020

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“Liberation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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