- a four-engined heavy bomber widely used over Europe and the Mediterranean by the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II. Symbol: B-24
Origin of Liberator
- to set free, as from imprisonment or bondage.
- to free (a nation or area) from control by a foreign or oppressive government.
- to free (a group or individual) from social or economic constraints or discrimination, especially arising from traditional role expectations or bias.
- to disengage; set free from combination, as a gas.
- Slang. to steal or take over illegally: The soldiers liberated a consignment of cigarettes.
Origin of liberate
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Examples from the Web for liberators
If I fall, I fall carrying my dignity while the blood of the liberators boils in my veins.Middle East Activists Muzzled and Arrested in Arab Gulf States
April 4, 2013
Today, many of those “liberators” are still around, running the country.The World’s Most Vulnerable Mayor
Janine di Giovanni
March 2, 2013
So they came to see us as occupiers, supported al Qaeda as liberators, and fought against us.Mission Accomplished?
June 29, 2009
They had been given up for dead and resurrected as liberators.Vanished in Uganda
June 5, 2009
Soon they picked up the flight of Liberators and Fortresses.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
In Bolivar, South America lost the most fiery of her liberators.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
It is also beginning to dawn upon them that they will have to be their own liberators.
You, Cinq Mars, can ask him whether he will join the liberators of his country.Richelieu, v. 3/3
G. P. R. James
The first words of the maidens on awaking, were to thank their liberators.The Indian Scout
- to give liberty to; make free
- to release (something, esp a gas) from chemical combination during a chemical reaction
- to release from occupation or subjugation by a foreign power
- to free from social prejudices or injustices
- euphemistic, or facetious to steal
Word Origin and History for liberators
1640s, from Latin liberator "one who sets free, a deliverer," agent noun from past participle stem of liberare (see liberate).
1620s, from Latin liberatus, past participle of liberare "set free," from liber "free" (see liberal). Meaning "to free an occupied territory from the enemy" (often used ironically) is from 1942. Related: Liberated; liberating.