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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˌæ.bə.ˈlɪʃ.n̩.ɪst/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌæ.bə.ˈlɪʃ.n̩.ɪst/, /ˌæ.bə.ˈlɪʃ.n̩.əst/
in favor of the abolition of slavery
abolitionist (plural abolitionists)
- A person who favors the abolition of any particular institution or practice. [since the late 18th century]
- 2005, Julia O'Connell Davidson, Children in the Global Sex Trade, Polity, →ISBN, page 107:
- Both feminist and religiously inspired abolitionists have long viewed, and continue to view, male demand for commercial sex as a root cause of prostitution.
- 2007, J. Robert Lilly, Francis T. Cullen, Richard A. Ball, Criminological Theory: Context and Consequences, SAGE, →ISBN, page 198:
- Furthermore, abolitionists argue that prisons are a form of violence and should be destroyed because they reflect “a social ethos of violence and degradation" [...] Abolitionists argue that prisons should be replaced, or at least decentralized, by democratic community control and community-based treatment that would emphasize "redress" or "restorative justice."
- (historical, US) A person who favored or advocated the abolition of slavery. [since the late 18th century]
- 1855, Frederick Douglass, chapter 3, in My Bondage and My Freedom. […], New York, Auburn, N.Y.: Miller, Orton & Mulligan […], →OCLC:
- Among other slave notabilities of the plantation, was one called by everybody Uncle Isaac Copper. It is seldom that a slave gets a surname from anybody in Maryland; and so completely has the south shaped the manners of the north, in this respect, that even abolitionists make very little of the surname of a negro.
person who favors the abolition
- Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors (2002), “abolitionist”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 6.