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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-uh-lish-uh-nist]
    • /ˌæb əˈlɪʃ ə nɪst/
    • /ˌæb.əˈlɪʃ.ən.ɪst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-uh-lish-uh-nist]
    • /ˌæb əˈlɪʃ ə nɪst/

Definitions of abolitionist word

  • countable noun abolitionist An abolitionist is someone who campaigns for the abolition of a particular system or practice. 3
  • noun abolitionist a person in favor of abolishing some law, custom, etc. 3
  • noun abolitionist one who favored the abolition of slavery in the U.S. 3
  • noun abolitionist (especially prior to the Civil War) a person who advocated or supported the abolition of slavery in the U.S. 1
  • noun abolitionist a person who favors the abolition of any law or practice deemed harmful to society: the abolitionists who are opposed to capital punishment. 1
  • noun abolitionist A person who favors the abolition of a practice or institution, especially capital punishment or (formerly) slavery. 1

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Origin of abolitionist

First appearance:

before 1830
One of the 36% newest English words
First recorded in 1830-40; abolition + -ist

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Parts of speech for Abolitionist


abolitionist popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for abolitionist

noun abolitionist

  • revolutionary — of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a revolution, or a sudden, complete, or marked change: a revolutionary junta.
  • advocate — If you advocate a particular action or plan, you recommend it publicly.
  • opponent — a person who is on an opposing side in a game, contest, controversy, or the like; adversary.
  • activist — An activist is a person who works to bring about political or social changes by campaigning in public or working for an organization.
  • objector — anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form.

Antonyms for abolitionist

noun abolitionist

  • supporter — a person or thing that supports.

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