- to release from slavery or servitude.
Origin of manumit
Examples from the Web for manumit
For proof: By what law could Paul manumit another man's servant?A Defence of Virginia
Robert L. Dabney
Even baptism did not manumit him unless the owner were a Moor or a Jew.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 1
Henry Charles Lea
He gave the law, that every shire in the kingdom should annually manumit one thrall.The Story of Norway
Hjalmar H. Boyesen
But, as well might you, as to say, that it is the "purpose" of the abolitionists to "manumit."The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus
American Anti-Slavery Society
Suppose the South should manumit their slaves, will the North receive and educate them?A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin
- (tr) to free from slavery, servitude, etc; emancipate
Word Origin and History for manumit
early 15c., from Latin manumittere "to release, set at liberty, emancipate," literally "to send from one's 'hand'" (i.e. "control"); see manumission. Related: Manumitted; manumitting.