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[ uh-bol-ish ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to do away with; put an end to; annul; make void:

    to abolish slavery.

    Synonyms: eliminate, extirpate, exterminate, extinguish, obliterate, annihilate, cancel, nullify, suppress

    Antonyms: establish


/ əˈbɒlɪʃ /


  1. tr to do away with (laws, regulations, customs, etc); put an end to
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Derived Forms

  • aˈbolisher, noun
  • aˈbolishable, adjective
  • aˈbolishment, noun
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Other Words From

  • a·bolish·a·ble adjective
  • a·bolish·er noun
  • a·bolish·ment noun
  • una·bolish·a·ble adjective
  • una·bolished adjective
  • well-a·bolished adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of abolish1

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Middle French aboliss-, long stem of abolir, from Latin abolēre “to destroy, efface”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of abolish1

C15: from Old French aboliss- (lengthened stem of abolir ), ultimately from Latin abolēre to destroy
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Synonym Study

Abolish, eradicate, stamp out mean to do away completely with something. To abolish is to cause to cease, often by a summary order: to abolish a requirement. Stamp out implies forcibly making an end to something considered undesirable or harmful: to stamp out the opium traffic. Eradicate (literally, to tear out by the roots ), a formal word, suggests extirpation, leaving no vestige or trace: to eradicate all use of child labor.
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Example Sentences

In the meantime, microgrids, like those used in Si2, could benefit off-grid systems in remote communities or energy islands, allowing them to abolish diesel or other carbon-heavy fuels already today.

As president, Guerrero officially abolished slavery nationally on Independence Day 1829, but in less than three months, a rebellion chased him out of Mexico City and back to his southern stronghold.

The toolkit, a document containing a petition to abolish the three new farm laws introduced by the Narendra Modi government, has been doing the rounds on social media for several days now.

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Passing the Abolition Amendment is one part of abolishing slavery for good.

Democrats would need to vote in lockstep to abolish it, and several members have either said they wouldn’t support doing so or have reservations.

If you call today, Cruz will help to defeat Obamacare; but if you call right now, Cruz will work to abolish the IRS.

The RNC is raising money from grassroots supporters with an ‘Abolish the IRS’ campaign.

Abraham Lincoln used his term as the 16th President of the United States to win the Civil War and abolish slavery.

Ima Matul is a Survivor Organizer for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST).

Homeschoolers would likely be exempt, then, but we do need to abolish the Classics Major.

Deliver us not up for ever, we beseech thee, for thy name's sake, and abolish not thy covenant.

They also took it upon themselves to abolish approximately one-third of the local jobs created by the Underwood Constitution.

That is, they suffered not the power of Antiochus, that man of sin, to abolish the law and religion of God.

Even in order to abolish these oaths, the going into parliament by swearing any of them, cannot be recommended.

This resolution went, therefore, to abolish the right of peers to vote by proxy.