- to do away with; put an end to; annul; make void: to abolish slavery.
Origin of abolish
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Examples from the Web for abolish
If you call today, Cruz will help to defeat Obamacare; but if you call right now, Cruz will work to abolish the IRS.Paul, Cruz Duel at ‘Values Voter’ Event
September 26, 2014
The RNC is raising money from grassroots supporters with an ‘Abolish the IRS’ campaign.The GOP's Phony Push to Abolish the IRS
Tim Mak, Asawin Suebsaeng
August 29, 2014
Abraham Lincoln used his term as the 16th President of the United States to win the Civil War and abolish slavery.Fifty Shades of Presidential FanFiction
August 2, 2014
Ima Matul is a Survivor Organizer for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST).How To Help America’s Trafficking Victims In The Long Term
June 23, 2014
Homeschoolers would likely be exempt, then, but we do need to abolish the Classics Major.St. Hippolytus’ Careers Christians Should Never Have
May 4, 2014
Then there was a debate upon the proposition to abolish the mission to Rome.
It is the highest power of divine moments that they abolish our contritions also.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If that which is should therefore remain, why abolish the slavery of men?
No proposition to abolish it ever was made in the Legislature thereafter.
His manner always was, as recorded, with the exception of one night, to preach on the very day that he was laboring to abolish.
- (tr) to do away with (laws, regulations, customs, etc); put an end to
Word Origin and History for abolish
mid-15c., from Middle French aboliss-, present participle stem of abolir "to abolish" (15c.), from Latin abolere "destroy, cause to die out, retard the growth of," perhaps from ab- "from" (see ab-) + adolere "to grow," from PIE *ol-eye-, causative of root *al- "to grow, nourish" (see old), and perhaps formed as an antonym to adolere. But the Latin word rather could be from a root in common with Greek ollymi, apollymi "destroy." Tucker writes that there has been a confusion of forms in Latin, based on similar roots, one meaning "to grow," the other "to destroy." Application to persons and concrete objects has long been obsolete. Related: Abolished; abolishing.