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[ab-uh-lish-uh-nist] /ˌæb əˈlɪʃ ə nɪst/
(especially prior to the Civil War) a person who advocated or supported the abolition of slavery in the U.S.
a person who favors the abolition of any law or practice deemed harmful to society:
the abolitionists who are opposed to capital punishment.
Origin of abolitionist
First recorded in 1830-40; abolition + -ist
Related forms
proabolitionist, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The abolitionist charges the slave-holder with being a man-stealer.

    Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
  • An abolitionist was something to despise, to stone out of the community.

  • Because of her reputation as an abolitionist, she had much resistance to overcome in the South.

    Susan B. Anthony Alma Lutz
  • I saw her coming out of that abolitionist meeting yesterday.

    Pirate Gold

    Frederic Jesup Stimson
  • Some of them he knew, and they took Jamie for an abolitionist, but Jamie hardly knew what it was all about.

    Pirate Gold

    Frederic Jesup Stimson
Word Origin and History for abolitionist

1795, from abolition + -ist. In Britain, applied 20c. to advocates of ending capital punishment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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