Noun Abolitionist Definition and Examples







A person who favours the abolition of a practice or institution, especially capital punishment or (formerly) slavery.
  1. 'Surely the abolitionists ' panacea ‘shared schools’ should have prevented such intolerance as they promise it will do in Scotland.'
  2. 'To abolitionists, capital punishment is equally uncivilized and deserving of a definitive ruling of its unconstitutionality.'
  3. 'It's a good read, especially for gun abolitionists who don't understand why they can't outlaw guns outright.'
  4. 'The themes of slavery and the abolitionist movement are clearly presented in the film - not just underlying themes as in the book.'
  5. 'This concern gets to the heart of the matter for prison abolitionists, and it distinguishes our analysis from prison reform advocates.'
  6. 'It was already established practice that black American abolitionists travel to England, Scotland and sometimes Ireland on speaking tours.'
  7. 'The movement away from the death penalty gained momentum during the second half of the present century with the growth of the abolitionist movement.'
  8. 'The Archbishop of Paris, after a decade of silence towards the abolitionist movement, gave evidence that he too would support public clerical action.'
  9. 'The Chartists opposed slavery and supported the abolitionist movement.'
  10. 'They saw her as a modern incarnation of the abolitionists, who they believe struck down the evil of slavery and, in so doing, saved the Republic.'
((n.) A person who favors the abolition of any institution, especially negro slavery.)


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.


"There can be abolitionist leaders."
"There can be abolitionist divisions."
"There can be abolitionist causes."
"There can be abolitionist terrorists."
"There can be abolitionist stands."
"There can be abolitionist stances."
"There can be abolitionist sentiments."
"There can be abolitionist prospectuses."
"There can be abolitionist practices."
"There can be abolitionist organisations."
"There can be abolitionist ministers."
"There can be abolitionist minds."
"There can be abolitionist joys."
"There can be abolitionist ideologies."
"There can be abolitionist groups."
"There can be abolitionist floods."
"There can be abolitionist feelings."
"There can be abolitionist federations."
"There can be abolitionist conferences."
"There can be abolitionist cases."

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