Meaning of abolitionist

ab•o•li•tion•ist

Pronunciation: (ab"u-lish'u-nist), [key]
— n.
  1. (esp. prior to the Civil War) a person who advocated or supported the abolition of slavery in the U.S.
  2. a person who favors the abolition of any law or practice deemed harmful to society: the abolitionists who are opposed to capital punishment.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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