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 As the vaccine has brought the promise of liberation from a year of masks, lockdowns, canceled travel plans, and forgone family visits, there is a contingent of Americans who are simply not prepared to move on. Philip Klein, National Review, "People Have Gotten ‘Institutionalized’ by COVID," 6 May 2021 Listen, read, and learn from fat activists, body liberation organizers, and allied scientists to understand their experiences and discover what needs to change. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Thin Privilege?," 15 Apr. 2021 Thom went on to make clear the difference between representation, hollow gestures, and genuine liberation. Jes Skolnik, Harper's BAZAAR, "Trans Liberation? There's Not an App for That," 12 Apr. 2021 Sienna aims to bring liberation to the oppressed by evoking empathy as a form of art activism. Robert Capone Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Faith and the spirit of resilience," 11 Apr. 2021 The workshops focus on nonverbal expression, building community, and liberation from oppression., "Artist creates a space for healing on Zoom: ‘You’re stepping into resilience just by showing up’," 9 Apr. 2021 On April 11, that energy comes from the Passion Fruit Dance Company (pictured above) as the all-female troupe employs hip-hop and house dance to tell stories of personal liberation. The New Yorker, "Passion Fruit Dance Company, Inside the Guggenheim," 2 Apr. 2021 Passover commemorates the biblical Israelites' liberation from slavery in Egypt after a series of plagues. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: Is Suez Canal megaship a trend too far?," 29 Mar. 2021 Part of the evening's ritual is the youngest child asking a series of questions; the answers tell the story of the Jews' liberation from slavery in Egypt some 3,333 years ago. Editors, USA TODAY, "Suez Canal trouble, Passover, NCAA tournaments: 5 things to know this weekend," 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of liberation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2021

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“Liberation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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