Definition of manumit
: to release from slavery
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Examples of manumit in a sentence
though he was an outspoken defender of liberty, this son of Virginia did not manumit his own slaves until he was on his deathbed
Did You Know?
To set someone free from captivity is in effect to release that person from the hand, or control, of the captor. You can use this analogy to remember that manumit derives ultimately from the Latin noun manus, meaning "hand," plus the Latin verb mittere, meaning "to let go or "send." The two roots joined hands in Latin to form the verb "manumittere" (meaning "to free from slavery"), which in turn passed into Anglo-French as manumettre and eventually into Middle English as "manumitten." "Manus" has handed down other words to English as well. One of them is "emancipate," which is both a relative and synonym of "manumit."
Origin and Etymology of manumit
Middle English manumitten, from Anglo-French manumettre, from Latin manumittere, from manus hand + mittere to let go, send
First Known Use: 15th century
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