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Definition of "abolitionism" []

  • Advocacy of the abolition of slavery. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "abolitionism" in a sentence
  • "The northern counties had at once become strongly Anti-Nebraska; the conservative Whig counties of the center inclined to the Know-Nothings; while the Kentuckians and Carolinians, who had settled the southern end, had strong antipathies to what they called abolitionism, and applauded Douglas and repeal."
  • "If this is what you call abolitionism, I am not an abolitionist."
  • "Carolinians, who had settled the southern end, had strong antipathies to what they called abolitionism, and applauded Douglas and repeal."