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[lib-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌlɪb əˈreɪ ʃən/
the act of liberating or the state of being liberated.
the act or fact of gaining equal rights or full social or economic opportunities for a particular group.
Origin of liberation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin līberātiōn- (stem of līberātiō), equivalent to līberāt(us) (see liberate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
liberationist, noun
nonliberation, noun
postliberation, adjective
preliberation, noun Unabridged
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  • That cause, he said, was the liberation of Greece from the tyranny of Athens.

  • It was the liberation of his inner life, the letting out of his soul into the wide world.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Then he had called for the liberation of Roma, but Roma had neither been liberated nor removed.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • "The liberation of mankind," he added, and his voice was reverent.

  • She looked forward to the time of her going as a liberation from misery.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for liberation


a liberating or being liberated
the seeking of equal status or just treatment for or on behalf of any group believed to be discriminated against: women's liberation, animal liberation
Derived Forms
liberationist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for liberation

early 15c., from Middle French libération and directly from Latin liberationem (nominative liberatio) "a setting or becoming free," noun of action from past participle stem of liberare "set free" (see liberate). Liberation theology (1969) translates Spanish teologia de la liberación, coined 1968 by Peruvian priest Gustavo Gutiérrez.

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