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


(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.

Nearby words

  1. aboideau,
  2. aboil,
  3. abolish,
  4. abolition,
  5. abolitionism,
  6. abolitionists,
  7. abolitionize,
  8. abolla,
  9. abollae,
  10. abomasum

Origin of abolitionist

First recorded in 1830–40; abolition + -ist

Related formspro·ab·o·li·tion·ist, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for abolitionists



1795, from abolition + -ist. In Britain, applied 20c. to advocates of ending capital punishment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper