View synonyms for liberation


[ lib-uh-rey-shuhn ]


  1. the act of liberating or the state of being liberated.
  2. the act or fact of gaining equal rights or full social or economic opportunities for a particular group.


/ ˌlɪbəˈreɪʃən /


  1. a liberating or being liberated
  2. the seeking of equal status or just treatment for or on behalf of any group believed to be discriminated against

    animal liberation

    women's liberation

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Derived Forms

  • ˌliberˈationist, nounadjective

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Other Words From

  • liber·ation·ist noun
  • nonlib·er·ation noun
  • postlib·er·ation adjective
  • prelib·er·ation noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of liberation1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin līberātiōn-, stem of līberātiō; equivalent to liberate + -ion

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Example Sentences

For example, José María Morelos, leader of the independence movement, emerged as a symbol of liberation in 1810.

Researchers are at the beginning of what is expected to be a long effort, Jones wrote, including attempts to learn about the lives of the enslaved people in the Hopkins household, their lives after their liberation, and his views on abolition.

After the liberation, the camp’s former prisoners hunted down their torturers with any weapons they could find, and American soldiers rarely tried to restrain them.

From Ozy

There’s this idea that we’re not ready for our own liberation, and I just reject that idea.

From Vox

Here, the event that sparks liberation is Moses’ witnessing of the oppression of the Israelites.

Ironically, as pope, his championing of the poor has given Liberation Theology a new lease on life.

Clearly the liberation of Gross took place in the context of what might be called a “grand bargain.”

His deficiencies and self-doubts, amid his epochal mission of liberation, are precisely what make him interesting.

Finally, I hope we can share concrete actions with those who attend, and want to help in the global LGBTI liberation struggle.

Some believe that the promised liberation is a spiritual one.

I leave Italy with a less sanguine hope of her speedy liberation than I brought into it.

Violent people had been pressing around John, and the cause of spiritual liberation had suffered.

But the very circumstances that facilitated the settling of the Spanish colonies were also likely to accelerate their liberation.

To remove a tyrant is an act of liberation, the giving of life and opportunity to an oppressed people.

"For the liberation of the king," originally levied during the captivity of King Ferdinand.





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