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 Indeed, an elemental thirst for liberation seems key. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Aug. 2021 Long after he was ousted as president, Kaunda continued to be warmly received in African capitals because of his role in allowing liberation movements to have bases in Lusaka. Gavin Evans, Quartz, 17 June 2021 Consider this a resource guide for Black liberation. Siena Giljum, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 For white and non-Black individuals looking to honor the occasion by demonstrating solidarity with the ongoing fight for Black liberation in the U.S. and around the world, another option is to donate to organizations fighting for racial justice. Emma Specter, Vogue, 17 June 2021 China was a resource for would-be revolutionaries, anti-imperialist politicians, and liberation movements across the globe during the era of decolonization from the 1950s to the 1970s. Howard W. French, The New York Review of Books, 12 Mar. 2020 Illustrating a historical continuum of experienced trauma, Khiry delves into ideas of reclamation that allow for ownership and the liberation of Black people through the triumph over oppressive politics. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 One century before Malcolm X emerged as a fiery critic of American values, Ruggles was a gifted orator who inspired audiences to care about the liberation of slaves. USA Today, 2 Sep. 2021 López, director of the organization, said the group has always fought for the liberation of the LGBTQ+ community from ICE detention centers. Javier Arce,, 22 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of liberation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Liberation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 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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