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Definition of the noun abolition

What does abolition mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: abolitions

  1. the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery)
    • example: the abolition of capital punishment
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of abolition: abolishment
    • more generic words: conclusion / ending / termination = the act of ending something

Alternative definition of the noun abolition


  1. The act of abolishing, or the state of being abolished; an annulling; abrogation; utter destruction; as, the abolition of slavery or the slave trade; the abolition of laws, decrees, ordinances, customs, taxes, debts, etc.
  2. (often capitalised), (in British territories) The ending of the slave trade (1807) or of slavery (1833).
  3. (often capitalised), (in the US) the emancipation of slaves, by the Emancipation Proclamation (1863, ratified 1865).


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Google previewPeace by Peaceful Means (1996)

Peace and Conflict, Development and Civilization by Johan Galtung

Abolition is an anomaly, and was, indeed, very strongly resisted. Anti-slavery campaigns can also be explained in terms of Blue logic by looking further down the column of factors for another key variable: factor (including labor) mobility. With a ...

Google previewThinking About Nuclear Weapons (2013)

Analyses and Prescriptions by Fred Holroyd

Jonathan Schell's book The Abolition is an attempt to resolve this question. In the extract which constitutes article 24, Schell recognizes an apparent contradiction between 'the two goals we have set for ourselves' - namely 'to keep the ...

Google previewContemporary Perspectives on C.S. Lewis' 'The Abolition of Man' (2017)

History, Philosophy, Education, and Science by Timothy M. Mosteller, Gayne John Anacker

Lewis' Abolition is an anti-gospel, a jarring anti-Incarnational vision depicting not God becoming man but man tearing out of himself—if it is possible—the very nature given to him by God. That is the message that Lewis the natural law ...

Google previewWhat's So Great About America (2012)

by Dinesh D'Souza

Abolition is an exclusively Western institution. The historian J. M. Roberts writes, “ No civilization once dependent on slavery has ever been able to eradicate it, except the Western.”15 Of course, slaves in every society don't want to be slaves.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Antislavery and Abolition (2007)

by Peter P. Hinks, John R. McKivigan

Antislavery and Abolition ...

Google previewAbolition and Antislavery: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic (2015)

A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic by Peter Hinks, John McKivigan

Thinking about race played a vital part in the movement toward·or away from· abolition. Not all abolitionists endorsed principles of racial equality and controversies over race persisted from the time of emancipation to modern times.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of African American Military History (2004)

by William Weir

ABOLITION. MOVEMENT: Efforts to abolish slavery began before the American Revolution. In very early colonial times, slavery had not yet established itself. In the largest colony, Virginia, in 1681, there were three thousand black and fifteen ...

Google previewPolitical and Historical Encyclopedia of Women (2004)

by Christine Fauré

the abolition ofslavery in several English colonies (1777–78); the French Declaration des Droits de ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from the Revolution to Secession (2012)

by Debra J. Allen

ABOLITION. As a movement organized in the mid-1820s to end the international slave trade and slavery in the United States, abolitionism dates to the colonial era . Petitions for the abolishment of slavery were presented to the colonial ...

Google previewWorld of a Slave: Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States [2 volumes] (2010)

Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States by Kym S. Rice, Martha B. Katz-Hyman

ABOLITION IMAGERY. Abolitionists created images, objects, and performances that portrayed slavery harshly. These images played an important role in both the British and American campaigns to galvanize public opinion against slavery, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Religion in American Politics (1999)

by Jeffrey D. Schultz, John G. West, Iain S. MacLean

Abolition. Abolition. Abolition, the nineteenth-century movement to abolish slavery in the United States, drew heavily on the theology and biblical interpretations of religious people for its justification. Both apocalyptic and judgmental in tone, the ...

Google previewThe political text-book, or encyclopedia (1857)

Containing everything necessary for the reference of the politicians and statesmen of the United States by Michael W. Cluskey

Abolition petition of, 6. Military appropriation bill of 1856,341.

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Small photo of CROATIA ZAGREB, 15 APRIL 2017: a stamp printed in Belgian Congo shows Slaves and Arab Guards, 50th Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in Belgian Congo, circa 1947Small photo of Georgia-Tbilisi.Carnival in the city of Tbilisi In honor of the abolition of visas with the European Union.3/16/2017.Small photo of Ukrainian passport for travel abroad on a background of euro banknotes (abolition of Schengen visas for Ukrainian - concept)Small photo of Ukrainian passport for travel abroad (abolition of Schengen visas for Ukrainian - concept)Small photo of ALBREDA, THE GAMBIA - MAY 07, 2017: Detail of the monument to the abolition of slavery at the entrance of the townSmall photo of DENMARK - CIRCA 1988: A stamp printed in Denmark shows King Frederick on horseback, painting by danish painter Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, 200th anniversary of abolition of adscription, circa 1988Small photo of SABARA, MINAS GERAIS / BRAZIL - JUNE 18, 2016: The stone wall of the unfinished Nossa Senhora do Rosario church. The construction of the church was paralyzed after the abolition of slavery in 1888. More...

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It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous. (C.S. Lewis)
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Scrabble value of A1B3O1L1I1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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