Meaning of “abolitionist” in the English Dictionary


"abolitionist" in English

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abolitionistnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌæb.əˈlɪʃ.ən.ɪst/ us /ˌæb.əˈlɪʃ.ən.ɪst/

Examples from literature

  • Can an abolitionist consistently take office, or vote, under the Constitution of the United States? 
  • He spent some time there and in France, moving on a footing of honorable equality among the distinguished abolitionists of those countries. 
  • I am opposed to the abolitionists, because they trample under foot the Constitution and laws of their country. 
  • I told them I and several others on board were abolitionists. 
  • In fact, the majority of abolitionists were amazed and bewildered when war came because it was not being waged to free the slaves. 
  • Then soon I became an abolitionist and conscientiously refused to vote or accept citizenship under a constitution which ordered the return of fugitive slaves. 
  • What abolitionists feared far more than secession was that to save the Union some compromise would be made which would fasten slavery on the nation. 
  • What mockery to quote the letter of the law in those states, to show that abolitionists would have secured to them the legal protection of an impartial trial! 

(Definition of “abolitionist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"abolitionist" in American English

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abolitionistnoun [ C ]

us /ˌæb·əˈlɪʃ·ə·nɪst/

US history a person who supported an end to slavery

(Definition of “abolitionist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)