- the principle or policy of abolition, especially of slavery of blacks in the U.S.
Origin of abolitionism
Examples from the Web for abolitionism
By Jove, if Abolitionism can make your grandma run, I'll forgive it a lot!Pirate Gold
Frederic Jesup Stimson
"Call it Abolitionism, or what you will," replied his Senior.Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals
William H. Armstrong
But then, perhaps, this offspring of abolitionism is no man-child at all.
I doubt not this is the kind of liberty at which some of the champions of Abolitionism, viz.Abolitionism Exposed!
W. W. Sleigh
There is a worse evil than abolitionism, and that is the suppression of it by lawless force.Slavery
William E. Channing
Word Origin and History for abolitionism
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.