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1. One in favor of outlawing the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages.
2. often Prohibitionist A member or supporter of the Prohibition Party.

pro′hi·bi′tion·ism n.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (sometimes capital) a person who favours prohibition, esp of alcoholic beverages
ˌprohiˈbitionism n


(ˌproʊ əˈbɪʃ ə nɪst)

1. a person who supports prohibition.
2. (cap.) a member of the Prohibition Party.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prohibitionist - a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer - a disputant who advocates reform


A. ADJprohibicionista
B. Nprohibicionista mf


nProhibitionist(in) m(f)
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