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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 of abolitionist
1830-1840
1830-40; abolition + -ist
Related forms
proabolitionist, noun, adjective
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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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