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[lib-uh-rey-shuh n]
  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.
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Origin of liberation

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin līberātiōn- (stem of līberātiō), equivalent to līberāt(us) (see liberate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formslib·er·a·tion·ist, nounnon·lib·er·a·tion, nounpost·lib·er·a·tion, adjectivepre·lib·er·a·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for liberationist

Historical Examples

  • He had, it was suspected, liberationist sympathies, so that it was of no great importance that he was not quite convinced.

    The Dust of Conflict

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • Liberationist, one who advocates the emancipation of the Church from State control.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

British Dictionary definitions for liberationist


  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 againstwomen's liberation; animal liberation
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Derived Formsliberationist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for liberationist



early 15c., from Middle French libération and directly from Latin liberationem (nominative liberatio) "a setting or becoming free," noun of action from past participle stem of liberare "set free" (see liberate). Liberation theology (1969) translates Spanish teologia de la liberación, coined 1968 by Peruvian priest Gustavo Gutiérrez.

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