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  1. (especially prior to the Civil War) a person who advocated or supported the abolition of slavery in the U.S.
  2. a person who favors the abolition of any law or practice deemed harmful to society: the abolitionists who are opposed to capital punishment.
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Origin of abolitionist

First recorded in 1830–40; abolition + -ist
Related formspro·ab·o·li·tion·ist, noun, adjective
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1795, from abolition + -ist. In Britain, applied 20c. to advocates of ending capital punishment.

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