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abolish

Definition of abolish

Etymology

    From French abolir, from Latin abolere, from ab + olere ("to grow").

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /əˈbɒlɪʃ/
  • ə-bŏl'ĭsh, /@"bQlIS/
  • ə'bolish
  • Audio (US) [?]

Verb

to abolish (third-person singular simple present abolishes, present participle abolishing, simple past and past participle abolished)

  1. To do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; to end a law, system, custom or institution

    Slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century.
  2. (archaic) To put an end to or destroy, as a physical object; to wipe out.

    And with thy blood abolish so reproachful blot. - Edmund Spenser
    His quick instinctive hand Caught at the hilt, as to abolish him. - Alfred Tennyson

Synonyms

Related terms

  • abolisher
  • abolition
  • abolitionist

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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