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1630, from French émancipation, from Latin ēmancipātiō. In the US, with reference to anti-slavery, abolitionism, first used in 1785 by Charles Godfrey Leland.[1]. In Britain, with reference to easing of restrictions on Catholics, in 19th century.


  • IPA(key): /ɪˌmæn.səˈpeɪ.ʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


emancipation (usually uncountable, plural emancipations)

  1. The act of setting free from the power of another, as from slavery, subjection, dependence, or controlling influence.
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XX, in Romance and Reality. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC, page 308:
      Ireland, last year, was to be paradise, if that Peri, emancipation, was but sent there; now it is a wretched, degraded, oppressed country, unless the Union be dissolved! What ever will it be the year after? So much for any certainty of right in this world!
  2. The state of being thus set free; liberation (used, for example, of slaves from bondage, of a person from prejudices, of the mind from superstition, of a nation from tyranny or subjugation).
    US President Abraham Lincoln was called the Great Emancipator after issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.


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  1. ^ Farrar, Stewart (1998). "Foreword". in Mario Pazzaglini. Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches, A New Translation. Blaine, Washington: Phoenix Publishing, Inc.. pp. 13–21. →ISBN.



emancipation c

  1. emancipation


Declension of emancipation 
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Nominative emancipation emancipationen emancipationer emancipationerna
Genitive emancipations emancipationens emancipationers emancipationernas