abolitionist

[ ab-uh-lish-uh-nist ]
/ ˌæb əˈlɪʃ ə nɪst /

noun

(especially prior to the Civil War) a person who advocated or supported the abolition of slavery in the U.S.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM abolitionist

pro·ab·o·li·tion·ist, noun, adjective

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