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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-uh-lish-uh-niz-uh m]
    • /ˌæb əˈlɪʃ əˌnɪz əm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-uh-lish-uh-niz-uh m]
    • /ˌæb əˈlɪʃ əˌnɪz əm/

Definitions of abolitionism word

  • noun abolitionism the principle or policy of abolition, especially of slavery of blacks in the U.S. 1
  • noun abolitionism An opinion in favor of the abolition of something; the tenets of abolitionists. (First attested in the early 19th century.). 1

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Origin of abolitionism

First appearance:

before 1800
One of the 42% newest English words
First recorded in 1800-10; abolition + -ism

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Parts of speech for Abolitionism


abolitionism popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 69% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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Synonyms for abolitionism

noun abolitionism

  • autonomy — Autonomy is the ability to make your own decisions about what to do rather than being influenced by someone else or told what to do.
  • democracy — A democracy is a country in which the people choose their government by voting for it.
  • self-determination — determination by oneself or itself, without outside influence.
  • liberation — the act of liberating or the state of being liberated.
  • relief — prominence, distinctness, or vividness due to contrast.

Antonyms for abolitionism

noun abolitionism

  • incarceration — the act of incarcerating, or putting in prison or another enclosure: The incarceration rate has increased dramatically.
  • hold — to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child's hand in his.
  • captivity — Captivity is the state of being kept imprisoned or enclosed.
  • confinement — Confinement is the state of being forced to stay in a prison or another place which you cannot leave.
  • limitation — a limiting condition; restrictive weakness; lack of capacity; inability or handicap: He knows his limitations as a writer.

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