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ab·o·li·tion·ism

 (ăb′ə-lĭsh′ə-nĭz′əm)
n.
Advocacy of the abolition of slavery.

ab′o·li′tion·ist n.
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ab•o•li•tion•ism

(ˌæb əˈlɪʃ əˌnɪz əm)

n.
the principle or policy of abolition, esp. of slavery.
[1800–10]
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abolitionism

the movement for the abolition of slavery, especially Negro slavery in the U.S. — abolitionist, n.
See also: Slavery
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Noun1.abolitionism - the doctrine that calls for the abolition of slaveryabolitionism - the doctrine that calls for the abolition of slavery
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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When the majority shall at length vote for the abolition of slavery, it will be because they are indifferent to slavery, or because there is but little slavery left to be abolished by their vote.
I know this well, that if one thousand, if one hundred, if ten men whom I could name -- if ten honest men only -- ay, if one HONEST man, in this State of Massachusetts, ceasing to hold slaves, were actually to withdraw from this copartnership, and be locked up in the county jail therefor, it would be the abolition of slavery in America.
I know this well, that if one thousand, if one hundred, if ten men whom I could name--if ten honest men only--ay, if one HONEST man, in this State of Massachusetts, ceasing to hold slaves, were actually to withdraw from this co-partnership, and be locked up in the county jail therefor, it would be the abolition of slavery in America.
Parties of principle, as, religious sects, or the party of free-trade, of universal suffrage, of abolition of slavery, of abolition of capital punishment,--degenerate into personalities, or would inspire enthusiasm.
Hence sprang the sentiment of universal brotherhood and the interest in universal freedom, which finally extended even to the negroes and resulted in the abolition of slavery. But from the beginning there was a reawakening of interest in the life of the common people--an impulse which is not inconsistent with the love of the remote and unusual, but rather means the discovery of a neglected world of novelty at the very door of the educated and literary classes.
THE abolition of slavery will be the talk of the town on Friday.
Every October in Britain is Black History Month, which marks the abolition of slavery 200 years ago and also celebrates the contribution black people have made to life in Britain.
A total of 19 schools were given the challenge of performing one of four plays, and with the theme as "entrapment and power" to coincide with the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery, primary schools had the choice of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth; and secondary schools of Othello or Richard III.
Dear Editor, As we celebrate the abolition of slavery, I keep hearing people asking for an apology and it is this that confuses me.
THIS docu-drama, shown as part of the BBC season to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, tells the epic story of those who turned their backs on the American notion of liberty.
NOT only is it the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, it's also 30 years since the TV series Roots, which changed the way a whole generation of Britons thought about slavery and black history.
Amid the well-deserved tributes to William Wilberforce for his efforts as the main mover behind the abolition of slavery it should be remembered he was also the author of the infamous Combination Acts.