• 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

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