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abolitionist

[ab-uh-lish-uh-nist] /ˌæb əˈlɪʃ ə nɪst/
noun
1.
(especially prior to the Civil War) a person who advocated or supported the abolition of slavery in the U.S.
2.
a person who favors the abolition of any law or practice deemed harmful to society:
the abolitionists who are opposed to capital punishment.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; abolition + -ist
Related forms
proabolitionist, noun, adjective
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  • Before too long, both may fall into the abolitionist camp.
  • But as the abolitionist movement grew, no one wanted to remember that.
  • But even with a nuclear abolitionist in charge, advocates of modernizing the arsenal are pushing back.
  • He failed, and any successor who wants to arrest the abolitionist trend is likely also to be frustrated.
  • The print above was part of the abolitionist case and it was designed to show human beings whose dignity has been violated.
Word Origin and History for abolitionist
n.

1795, from abolition + -ist. In Britain, applied 20c. to advocates of ending capital punishment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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