1630, from French émancipation, from Latin ēmancipātiō. In the US, with reference to anti-slavery, abolitionism, first used in 1785 by Charles Godfrey Leland.. In Britain, with reference to easing of restrictions on Catholics, in 19th century.
- The act of setting free from the power of another, as from slavery, subjection, dependence, or controlling influence.
- 1831, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, volume 2, page 308:
- Ireland, last year, was to be paradise, if that Peri, emancipation, was but sent there; now it is a wretched, degraded, oppressed country, unless the Union be dissolved! What ever will it be the year after? So much for any certainty of right in this world!
- The state of being thus set free; liberation (used, for example, of slaves from bondage, of a person from prejudices, of the mind from superstition, of a nation from tyranny or subjugation).
- US President Abraham Lincoln was called the Great Emancipator after issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
- (setting free from slavery): manumission
|Declension of emancipation|