- to do away with; put an end to; annul; make void: to abolish slavery.
Origin of abolish
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Examples from the Web for abolishment
But this offering was rejected by activists who are pushing for new elections and an abolishment of the anti-protest laws.Up to Speed: What’s Going on in Ukraine?
February 19, 2014
Just last week, Gershom Gorenberg argued in these pages for the abolishment of the chief rabbinate.What to Make of the Chief Rabbi Results
July 25, 2013
He also once wrote an article calling for the abolishment of soccer.Do We Need to Be Told How to Read?
June 6, 2013
It indicates the way, too, for the abolishment of the peculiar institution of Utah.The Life of John Taylor
B. H. Roberts
The Edmunds bill is a step towards the abolishment of polygamy.
Half for the temple and half for himself; and the abolishment of the seven leopards.The Adventures of Kathlyn
Whenever you hear of a Clancy obstructin' the abolishment of existin' governments you may notify me by return mail.'Cabbages and Kings
It was evident that this Assembly must take a definite position with reference to the question of the abolishment of slavery.
- (tr) to do away with (laws, regulations, customs, etc); put an end to
Word Origin and History for abolishment
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.