• WordNet 3.6
    • v abolish do away with "Slavery was abolished in the mid-19th century in America and in Russia"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first country to abolish capital punishment was Austria in 1787.
    • Abolish To do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; -- said of laws, customs, institutions, governments, etc.; as, to abolish slavery, to abolish folly.
    • Abolish To put an end to, or destroy, as a physical objects; to wipe out. "And with thy blood abolish so reproachful blot.""His quick instinctive hand
      Caught at the hilt, as to abolish him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abolish To do away with; put an end to; destroy; efface or obliterate; annihilate: as, to abolish customs or institutions; to abolish slavery; to abolish idols (Isa. ii. 18); to abolish death (2 Tim. i. 10).
    • abolish Synonyms To Abolish, Repeal, Rescind, Recall, Revoke, Abrogate, Annul, Cancel, end, destroy, do away with, set aside, nullify, annihilate, quash, vacate, make void, extirpate, eradicate, suppress, uproot, erase, expunge. Abolish is a strong word, and signifies a complete removal, generally but not always by a summary act. It is the word specially used in connection with things that have been long established or deeply rooted, as an institution or a custom: as, to abolish slavery or polygamy. Repeal is generally used of the formal rescinding of a legislative act. Abrogate, to abolish summarily, more often as the act of a ruler, but sometimes of a representative body. Annul, literally to bring to nothing, to deprive of all force or obligation, as a law or contract. Rescind (literally, to cut short) is coextensive in meaning with both repeal and annul. Recall, revoke (see renounce). Cancel is not used of laws, but of deeds, bonds, contracts, etc., and figuratively of whatever may be thought of as crossed out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Abolish ab-ol′ish to put an end to: to annul
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  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “The question of common sense is what is it good for? A question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage.”
  • Nikita Khrushchev
    Nikita Khrushchev
    “Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all.”
  • John Swayze
    John Swayze
    “Russia has abolished God, but so far God has been tolerant.”
  • Mao Zedong
    “War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “By abolishing private property one takes away the human love of aggression.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. abolir, L. abolere, aboletum,; ab, + olere, to grow. Cf. Finish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. abolir, aboliss—from L. abolēre, -itumab, from, olēre, to grow. The prep. ab here reverses the meaning of the simple verb.


In literature:

Slowly these rights have come to be considered wrongs, and the people have abolished them.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
There shall not be an artillery captain in the forts of Terrenate, for that place is abolished.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by Various
He had become nearly a mental and physical wreck when he took to his bed with an abolished appetite.
"The No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting-Cure" by Edward Hooker Dewey
Why then the Sabbath must be abolished, for Paul says so!
"The Seventh Day Sabbath, a Perpetual Sign" by Joseph Bates
Permanent senators were abolished.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
She urges Charles not to abolish the name of Burgundy, and to leave the title to his successor in the Low Countries.
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
The public gaming-tables, which for so many years were a striking feature, are now abolished.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
They had no resource but general principles, to abolish the Past and secure the Future.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Inheritances should be abolished.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
The office of minister was abolished.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The power to abolish slavery in her West Indian colonies was vested in Parliament.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
The law of divorce was abolished.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
It would abolish sweating and jerry-work.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
In this verse all law is abolished among Christians.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The Evidence Bill, said one eminent colleague, ought to consist of one clause: 'all rules of evidence are hereby abolished.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
We accept the axiom that slavery has been abolished.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
It has been finally abolished by the central authority.
"The Curse of Education" by Harold E. Gorst
Curtesy has now been abolished in over one-half the States.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The argument which abolished the carrying of weapons must frown upon excessive national armaments.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
This law had to be abolished, and it was.
"The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State" by Frederick Engels

In poetry:

And, at the very hour designed,
To enslave him past recall,
His tooth-stone-arrow-gun-shy mind
Turned and abolished all.
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
Whereas if he couldn't get Whisky, Rum, or Brandy,
He wouldn't do his work so handy;
Therefore, in that respect let strong drink be abolished in time,
And that will cause a great decrease in crime.
"A New Temperance Poem, in Memory of My Departed Parents" by William Topaz McGonagall
Ugly and bestial gods caked thick with gold--
Their hideousness
Blaspheming Christ--'mid shattered altars rolled
To rottenness,
Their slaves abolished and their priests of old
Trodden to nothingness.
"The Dream Of Christ" by Madison Julius Cawein
Therefore, brothers and sisters, pause and think,
And try to abolish the foul fiend, Drink.
Let such doctrine be taught in church and school,
That the abolition of strong drink is the only Home Rule.
"The Demon Drink" by William Topaz McGonagall
If drink was abolished how many peaceful homes would there be,
Just, for instance in the beautiful town of Dundee;
then this world would be heaven, whereas it's a hell,
An the people would have more peace in it to dwell
"The Demon Drink" by William Topaz McGonagall
And the men that get drunk in general wants Home Rule;
But such men, I rather think, should keep their heads cool,
And try and learn more sense, I most earnestlty do pray,
And help to get strong drink abolished without delay.
"The Demon Drink" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) caused a stir when he advocated abolishing the General Services Administration.
Arizona lawmakers have rejected a revived proposal to allow Mohave County officials to abolish the police department in a northern Arizona community with a polygamist enclave.
A day after a congressman proposed abolishing the General Services Administration, a senior defense acquisition official said the largest government department values GSA's support.
Not even Ronald Reagan, patron saint of the conservative movement, attempted to abolish the E.P.A.
The public hearing, part of the process for abolishing the Altmar village government, lasted only 15 minutes.
Elizabeth Mayor J Christian Bollwage congratulates Benedictine Academy students on their work to abolish human trafficking, during a ceremony held May 14.
Abolish the Education Department .
Candidates renew call to abolish Carter-era agency.
Oregon voters rejected Measure 84, which would abolish estate tax es.
A Call to Abolish the FEC .
Governor Christie has announced his top five priorities for the rest of this year – getting a tax cut for state residents, abolishing sick leave payouts, expanding shared services, banning municipal user fees and passing ethics reform.
The 'royal molecatcher' lives on, centuries after France abolishes monarchy.
A vote of 2,455 to 3,214 defeated the referendum to abolish home rule .
MT VERNON — — The Home Rule form of government will continue in the city, after a referendum to abolish it was defeated with a vote of 2,455 to 3,214.
Illinois abolished the death penalty last year.

In science:

Relinquishment of quantization abolishes the need for a classical theory.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
The second is the proposal of a new view of complexity as a state of transition from dynamics to thermodynamics, denoted as LSM, with the important effect of abolishing the perspective of ordinary statistical mechanics that would make life foreign to physics.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
This was soon abolished as it turned out to use prohibitive amounts of memory.
Continuum multi-physics modeling with scripting languages: the Nsim simulation compiler prototype for classical field theory
Moreover, our meta-modeling techniques provide a general account of saturation and, thus, abolish its compulsory replication for expressing complex preferences.
Complex Optimization in Answer Set Programming
The Old System When our proposal is a failure, the journal track can be abolished and the conference track’s acceptance rate can be decreased again.
A Revised Publication Model for ECML PKDD
Otherwise, the configuration has to be abolished.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
The use of an interpreted language also allows code to be written directly and interactively, abolishing the need for a programming environment and even for a compiler.
LuaJava - A Scripting Tool for Java
Further, provided we retain the ordering in the sentence (11), logically we can abolish the distinction between parameters and variables.
Certainty Closure: Reliable Constraint Reasoning with Incomplete or Erroneous Data
However one may express the field equations as a matrix equation and one may make use of the adjoint representation and perform certain field transformations to simplify the coefficients of the field strengths and the kinetic terms of the scalars which may abolish a degree of coupling in the equations.
Symmetric space sigma-model dynamics: Current formalism
Thereby the restriction of being applicable only to the suppression of either pure dephasing or pure relaxation is abolished.
Concatenated Control Sequences based on Optimized Dynamic Decoupling
French monetary authorities abolish the current unsound policy in future.
Relationship between inflation, unemployment and labor force change rate in France: cointegration test
How can we help future generations prepare for that recoupling now? Alternative schemes involving very infrequent intercalary adjustments (such as a leap minute or leap hour) cannot be credibly presumed to work once short-term adjustments are formally abolished.
The Colloquium on Decoupling Civil Timekeeping from Earth Rotation
In principle, the assumption that only the terminals in unknown subtrees may be unknown can be abolished, but this would lead to a space of possible subtrees which is computationally intractable.
Two Questions about Data-Oriented Parsing
It is the only technology which, if abolished, would cause the immediate and complete collapse of any human civilization. Understanding practical language as technology starts with the everyday and elite working worldviews. Practical people everywhere share a common consensus everyday working worldview.
Ten Incredibly Dangerous Software Ideas
A forcing notion associated with E0 abolished, of course.
Varia: Ideals and Equivalence Relations, beta-version