liberation

noun
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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Other Words from liberation

liberationist \ ˌli-​bə-​ˈrā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce liberationist (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for liberation

Synonyms

emancipation, enfranchisement, freeing, manumission

Antonyms

enslavement

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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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Along with the civil rights and Chicanx movements of the 1960s and ’70s, Kuhn’s fight for social justice and liberation altered modern history for the better. Teen Vogue, "Who Was Maggie Kuhn, Co-Founder of the Elder Activist Group the Gray Panthers?," 2 Aug. 2019 Black subjugation, truly, has been integral to white self-determination and white liberation. Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey, Twin Cities, "Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey: Why now is the moment to atone for 400 years of racism," 28 July 2019 But Soviet claims to women’s liberation have also been contested. Madeline Roache, Time, "Is Capitalism or Communism Better for Women? How the Kitchen Debate Gave a New Meaning to the Cold War 'Home Front'," 24 July 2019 Huey Newton had urged the Black Panther Party to work with the Weather Underground, the women’s movement, and the gay-liberation movement; nevertheless, to be gay felt as isolating on the left as anywhere else. Michelle Tea, Harper's magazine, "Stonewall at Fifty," 22 June 2019 The apparently hedonistic culture that emerged before World War I was a muddle of flagrant gestures toward personal liberation and subtle new forms of social coercion. The New York Review of Books, "Jackson Lears," 7 Feb. 2019 Dear Turmoil: Many people with challenging, toxic, emotionally abusive or violent childhoods basically celebrate liberation from their birth families by developing a family of choice in their adulthood. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Mom silently stews over ungrateful son-in-law’s laziness," 17 July 2019 Dear Turmoil: Many people with challenging, toxic, emotionally abusive or violent childhoods basically celebrate liberation from their birth families by developing a family of choice in their adulthood. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Parents want passive son-in-law to step up," 17 July 2019 Dear Turmoil: Many people with challenging, toxic, emotionally abusive or violent childhoods basically celebrate liberation from their birth families by developing a family of choice in their adulthood. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Parents want passive son-in-law to step up," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of liberation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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liberation

noun

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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