verb (used with object)
Origin of abolish
Examples from the Web for abolish
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).How To Help America’s Trafficking Victims In The Long Term|Ima Matul|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Homeschoolers would likely be exempt, then, but we do need to abolish the Classics Major.St. Hippolytus’ Careers Christians Should Never Have|Candida Moss|May 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Convention met on the 21st of September, and its first act was to abolish the ancient monarchy and proclaim France a republic.An Introduction to the History of Western Europe|James Harvey Robinson
But you cannot, nor can I for your sake, abolish the things which have been.The Prime Minister|Anthony Trollope
But to continue the argument, suppose we abolish the bookseller, as has been proposed.
If we could abolish monogamic or romantic love, the country would be dotted with Maiden Assizes.A Chesterton Calendar|G. K. Chesterton
Socialism does not propose to abolish property or distribute wealth.Twentieth Century Socialism|Edmond Kelly
British Dictionary definitions for abolish
Word Origin for abolish
Word Origin and History for abolish
mid-15c., from Middle French aboliss-, present participle stem of abolir "to abolish" (15c.), from Latin abolere "destroy, cause to die out, retard the growth of," perhaps from ab- "from" (see ab-) + adolere "to grow," from PIE *ol-eye-, causative of root *al- "to grow, nourish" (see old), and perhaps formed as an antonym to adolere. But the Latin word rather could be from a root in common with Greek ollymi, apollymi "destroy." Tucker writes that there has been a confusion of forms in Latin, based on similar roots, one meaning "to grow," the other "to destroy." Application to persons and concrete objects has long been obsolete. Related: Abolished; abolishing.