pro·​hi·​bi·​tion·​ist | \ ˌprō-ə-ˈbi-sh(ə-)nist also ˌprō-hə- How to pronounce prohibitionist (audio) \

Definition of prohibitionist

: one who favors prohibition especially, capitalized : a member of a U.S. political party advocating prohibition

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Breweries can’t make health claims about their beer, due to regulations put in place after Prohibition (and largely due to the efforts of the same prohibitionists who brought about the 18th Amendment). Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, "Sierra Nevada Brewing ventures into wellness beer," 17 June 2019 Gun prohibitionists [are] rejoicing over their efforts to drag gun owners into court with no due process, strip their rights, then send them home,’’ the league said in a tweet. Jerome Campbell,, "DeLeo endorses ‘red flag’ bill to temporarily seize guns if owner poses a threat," 3 May 2018 Instead, the council, spooked by the impassioned prohibitionists who dominated a recent meeting, opted to put the matter before voters, most likely in November of next year. Logan Jenkins,, "To leash or not to leash? The question in Vista park," 20 Oct. 2017 Prohibitionists were trying to legislate individual morality. Mark Lawrence Schrad, Washington Post, "On Prohibition’s 100th anniversary, here’s a distillation of 3 myths about the temperance movement.," 1 Aug. 2017 The honest, informed prohibitionist acknowledges that his preferred policy is inseparable from ineradicable black markets in narcotics, which have fueled street violence throughout the War on Drugs. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "How Drug Prohibition Fuels American Carnage," 21 June 2017 And while Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree on almost nothing, mainstream Democrats and Republicans alike often talk about the national debt the way prohibitionists once discussed booze. Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times, "Clinton? Trump? Either Way, Count on Deficit Spending to Rise," 31 July 2016

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First Known Use of prohibitionist

1830, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of prohibitionist

: someone who supported the laws that made the production and sale of alcohol illegal in the U.S. during Prohibition

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