What does abolish mean?

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əˈbɒl ɪʃabol·ish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abolish, get rid ofverb

    do away with

    "Slavery was abolished in the mid-19th century in America and in Russia"


  1. abolishverb

    To do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; to end a law, system, custom or institution

    Slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century.

  2. abolishverb

    To put an end to or destroy, as a physical object; to wipe out.

  3. Etymology: First attested in 1459. From abolisshen, from abolir, from abolere, present active infinitive of aboleo, from ab + oleo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ABOLISHverb

    Etymology: from aboleo, Lat. to blot out.

    For us to abolish what he hath established, were presumption most intolerable. Richard Hooker, b. iii. § 10.

    On the parliament’s part it was proposed, that all the bishops, deans, and chapters, might be immediately taken away, and abolished. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    The long continued wars, between the English and the Scots, had then raised invincible jealousies and hate, which long continued peace hath since abolished. John Hayward.

    That shall Perocles well requite, I wot,
    And, with thy blood, abolish so reproachful blot. Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant.
    4. stanza 45.

    More destroy’d than they,
    We should be quite abolish’d, and expire. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 92.

    Or wilt thou thyself
    Abolish thy creation, and unmake
    For him, what for thy glory thou hast made? John Milton, b. iii. l. 163.

    Fermented spirits contract, harden, and consolidate many fibres together, abolishing many canals; especially where the fibres are the tenderest, as in the brain. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Nor could Vulcanian flame
    The stench abolish, or the savour tame. John Dryden, Virg. Geo. iii.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abolishverb

    to do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; -- said of laws, customs, institutions, governments, etc.; as, to abolish slavery, to abolish folly

  2. Abolishverb

    to put an end to, or destroy, as a physical objects; to wipe out

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abolish

    ab-ol′ish, v.t. to put an end to: to annul.—adj. Abol′ishable, capable of being abolished.—ns. Abol′ishment (rare); Aboli′tion, the act of abolishing; Aboli′tionism, advocacy of abolitionist principles; Aboli′tionist, one who seeks to abolish anything, esp. slavery. [Fr. abolir, aboliss—from L. abolēre, -itumab, from, olēre, to grow. The prep. ab here reverses the meaning of the simple verb.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'abolish' in Verbs Frequency: #753

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abolish in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abolish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of abolish in a Sentence

  1. Earl Blumenauer:

    We should abolish ICE and start over, focusing on our priorities to protect our families and our borders in a humane and thoughtful fashion.

  2. Thomas Jefferson (The Declaration of Independence):

    Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government...

  3. John Dalberg:

    The law of liberty tends to abolish the reign of race over race, of faith over faith, of class over class. It is not the realization of a political ideal it is the discharge of a moral obligation.

  4. Elizabeth Warren:

    I think the time for getting rid of the filibuster came a long, long time ago, the People did not give Democrats the The White House, Senate and White House to compromise with insurrectionists. Abolish the filibuster so we can do the people's work.

  5. Tammy Duckworth:

    I think if you abolish ICE as it is as an executive agency, it reflects the policies of the White House, of the President, you abolish ICE now, you still have the same President with the same failed policies, whatever you replace it with is just still( going to) reflect what this President wants to do.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. ultimo
    • B. contiguous
    • C. occlusive
    • D. equivalent

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