• WordNet 3.6
    • n abolitionist a reformer who favors abolishing slavery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Abolitionist A person who favors the abolition of any institution, especially negro slavery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n abolitionist A person who favors the abolition of some law, institution, or custom. Specifically, one of those who favored and sought to effect the abolition of slavery in the United States. Before 1830 these persons generally advocated gradual and voluntary emancipation. After that time many began to insist on immediate abolition, without regard to the wishes of the slaveholders. A portion of the abolitionists formed the Liberty party, which afterward acted with the Free-soil and Republican parties, and finally became merged in the latter. See abolition, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Abolitionist one who seeks to abolish anything, esp. slavery
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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:

They called all who did not go for secession Abolitionists.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The abolitionists understand their game.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
Garrison, William Lloyd, American abolitionist, 23.
"Latin America and the United States" by Elihu Root
An abolitionist lawyer, who attempted to interfere, was arrested and sent to the watch-house.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
Were it not so, how many rhetors would be abolitionists?
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
The verdict would have been balm of Gilead to long-suffering Abolitionists.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
Those crazy abolitionists should hear Nelse on the 'hoodoo' of freedom; I fancy he would astonish them.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
It was not safe for an "Abolitionist" to free his mind even in the "Athens" of Michigan.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
John G. Fee, the venerable Kentucky Abolitionist.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
It was common, a few years ago, to represent the Abolitionist as the dupe or agent of the aristocracies of Europe.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 89, March, 1865" by Various

In news:

American Abolitionist John Brown Circa 1850 (Hulton Archive/Getty).
Pro-slavery mob kills abolitionist newspaperman .
Giddings, a radical abolitionist congressman, it was one of almost 230 regiments Ohio organized for the Union army.
Sojourner Truth : from slave to abolitionist.
Tommy Lee Jones enjoyed playing an abolitionist in 'Lincoln,' bad wig and.
Henry David Thoreau , American poet, author, naturalist, philosopher, abolitionist, and leading Transcendentalist, was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Mass.
Descendants of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman have unveiled a wax statue of the woman who led hundreds of slaves to freedom at The President's Gallery by Madame Tussauds in Washington.
(AP) — The US government is finally settling up with abolitionist Harriet Tubman for her service as a scout, nurse and spy during the Civil War.
On Oct 16, 1859, abolitionist John Brown led his 18 raiders on an attack of the federal armory at Harpers Ferry.
The statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass that's standing in the atrium of a Washington government office building has been a symbol-in-waiting – until now.
A 7-foot bronze statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass created as a gift more.
The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would move the District of Columbia's statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass to the US Capitol.
Abolitionist Josiah Bushnell Grinnell, namesake of Grinnell College.
The Abolitionists A minute with Kate Lyn Shiel #1 PBS.
Several direct descendants and family members of Harriet Tubman were present for the unveiling of a wax likeness of the 19th-century African American abolitionist at Madame Tussauds in the District.