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[ab-uh-lish-uh-niz-uh m] /ˌæb əˈlɪʃ əˌnɪz əm/
the principle or policy of abolition, especially of slavery of blacks in the U.S.
Origin of abolitionism
First recorded in 1800-10; abolition + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His abolitionism was secondary to his main mission, his main enthusiasm.

    Emerson and Other Essays John Jay Chapman
  • "Call it abolitionism, or what you will," replied his Senior.

    Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals William H. Armstrong
  • First, then, we have averred the philosophical connexion of antecedent and consequence between abolitionism and violent reforms.

    Abolition a Sedition Geo. W. Donohue
  • By Jove, if abolitionism can make your grandma run, I'll forgive it a lot!

    Pirate Gold Frederic Jesup Stimson
  • In brief, this novel bred a spirit of abolitionism such as the country had never before known.

  • Such is the danger from abolitionism to the slaveholding States.

    Slavery William E. Channing
  • At the beginning, too, I suppose that his taking up abolitionism made him enemies.

    The Copperhead Harold Frederic
  • At all points we see, therefore, that abolitionism has to do with religion, and religion with it.

    Abolition a Sedition Geo. W. Donohue
  • Sumner, head and front of abolitionism but also a great lawyer, came at once to his assistance.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • Salem was at that time the center of abolitionism in that section.

    Labor and Freedom Eugene V. Debs
Word Origin and History for abolitionism

1790, in the anti-slavery sense, from abolition + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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abolitionism in Culture

abolitionism definition

The belief that slavery should be abolished. In the early nineteenth century, increasing numbers of people in the northern United States held that the nation's slaves should be freed immediately, without compensation to slave owners. John Brown, Frederick W. Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman were well-known abolitionists.

Note: Abolitionism in the United States was an important factor leading to the Civil War.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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