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abolition +‎ -ize


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌæb.əˈlɪʃ.n̩ˌaɪz/


abolitionize ‎(third-person singular simple present abolitionizes, present participle abolitionizing, simple past and past participle abolitionized)

  1. (transitive, rare, obsolete) To imbue with the principles of abolitionism.
    • 1838 June 28, The Emancipator (From the Philanthropist Depository of the Ohio A. S. Society; published in Boston, Massachusetts), 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, issue 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, a Letter from Galveston published in The New-Orleans Times (New Orleans, Louisiana), 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?
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