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[lib-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌlɪb əˈreɪ ʃən/
the act of liberating or the state of being liberated.
the act or fact of gaining equal rights or full social or economic opportunities for a particular group.
Origin of liberation
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin līberātiōn- (stem of līberātiō), equivalent to līberāt(us) (see liberate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
liberationist, noun
nonliberation, noun
postliberation, adjective
preliberation, noun Unabridged
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  • It legitimized the idea that liberation comes with chaos rather than with freedom and a better life.
  • He wanted to look at how the televangelists use and don't use liberation theology, based on their understanding of what it means.
  • He previously said that he too would step down once the liberation was declared.
  • liberation from daily life can turn on-the-road slumber into a profound experience.
  • Infertility treatments led to reproductive liberation.
  • After six months renting, house-hunting and finally moving into a new home, emptying the final box was a liberation.
  • liberation from indentured servitude is an entirely worthy objective.
  • Although the liberation war is long over, money is still tight.
  • Finally came the invasion, a fight from the beaches-and then liberation.
  • The ruling party has a small reform-minded wing and a much larger body that harks back to old-style liberation movements.
British Dictionary definitions for liberation


a liberating or being liberated
the seeking of equal status or just treatment for or on behalf of any group believed to be discriminated against: women's liberation, animal liberation
Derived Forms
liberationist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for liberation

early 15c., from Middle French libération and directly from Latin liberationem (nominative liberatio) "a setting or becoming free," noun of action from past participle stem of liberare "set free" (see liberate). Liberation theology (1969) translates Spanish teologia de la liberación, coined 1968 by Peruvian priest Gustavo Gutiérrez.

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