- to free from restraint, influence, or the like.
- to free (a slave) from bondage.
- Roman and Civil Law. to terminate paternal control over.
Origin of emancipate
Examples from the Web for emancipator
She makes her first scars on the world as an Emancipator, a blond Spartacist, Abe Lincoln with dragons.Daenerys Goes to Washington: The Modern Politics of ‘Game of Thrones’
April 8, 2014
France the emancipator and avenger has sprung up at one bound.Current History, A Monthly Magazine
New York Times
He is an emancipator and has doubtless done a great deal of good.The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)
W. Grant Hague
Key then proposed to read the Emancipator, as a paper he had subscribed for, instead of which these had been sent.
The Emancipator was sent gratis, and taken by many persons who did not approve of it.
Jeffers was called, and said Crandall said he had taken the Emancipator, or subscribed for it, he didn't know which.
- to free from restriction or restraint, esp social or legal restraint
- (often passive) to free from the inhibitions imposed by conventional morality
- to liberate (a slave) from bondage
Word Origin and History for emancipator
1782, agent noun in Latin form from emancipate.
1620s, from Latin emancipatus, past participle of emancipare "declare (someone) free, give up one's authority over," in Roman law, the freeing of a son or wife from the legal authority (patria potestas) of the pater familias, to make his or her own way in the world; from ex- "out, away" (see ex-) + mancipare "deliver, transfer or sell," from mancipum "ownership," from manus "hand" (see manual) + capere "take" (see capable). Related: Emancipated; emancipating. Adopted in the cause of religious toleration (17c.), then anti-slavery (1776). Also used in reference to women who free themselves from conventional customs (1850).