[ih-man-suh-pey-shuh n]


the act of emancipating.
the state or fact of being emancipated.

Origin of emancipation

1625–35; < Latin ēmancipātiōn- (stem of ēmancipātiō), equivalent to ēmancipāt(us) (see emancipate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·e·man·ci·pa·tion, nounpre·e·man·ci·pa·tion, nounself-e·man·ci·pa·tion, noun
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Contemporary Examples of self-emancipation

Historical Examples of self-emancipation

  • They love his efforts at self-emancipation; they admire his scholarship, his piety, his taste.

    The London Pulpit

    J. Ewing Ritchie

  • Yet he submits to self-degradation rather than endure the pain and effort of self-emancipation.

  • The spirit thus become a free and rational self, has now completed its self-emancipation from nature.

  • Self-emancipation even in the West Indian provinces of the fancy and imagination—what Wilberforce is there to bring that about?

  • Arrayed in the armor of democracy, the Zionist movement made the self-emancipation ideal of Pinsker live in the soul of Herzl.

    The Jewish State

    Theodor Herzl

British Dictionary definitions for self-emancipation



the act of freeing or state of being freed; liberation
informal freedom from inhibition and convention
Derived Formsemancipationist, noun
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Word Origin and History for self-emancipation



1630s, "a setting free," from French émancipation, from Latin emancipationem (nominative emancipatio), noun of action from past participle stem of emancipare (see emancipate). Specifically with reference to U.S. slavery from 1785. In Britain, with reference to easing of restrictions on Catholics, etc.

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