- (transitive, rare, obsolete) To imbue with the principles of abolitionism.
1838 June 28, “From the Philanthropist Depository of the Ohio A. S. Society”, in The Emancipator, volume III, number 9, page 36:
- It will abolitionize the world. It will remove all objections but such as spring from negro prejudice.
1858 May 13, New York Observer and Chronicle, volume 36, number 19, page 150:
- The public mind has been naturally excited on the position of the American Tract Society, threatened as it has been for months past by a party of revolutionists, determined to expel its Executive Committee, and abolitionize the institution.
1865 August 13, “Letter from Galveston”, in The New-Orleans Times, page 3:
- The question is, will the people, by a constitutional provision, abolitionize the State and thereby legalize the unconstitutional acts of the Administration for the abolition of slavery?