From French abolir, from Latin abolēre, present active infinitive of aboleō (destroy, abolish), from ab (from, away from) + oleō (to grow).


  • (RP) IPA: /əˈbɒlɪʃ/
  • ə-bŏl'ĭsh, /@"bQlIS/
  • ə'bolish
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to Abolish

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to Abolish (third-person singular simple present abolishes, present participle abolishing, simple past and past participle abolished)
  1. 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.
    • 2002: William Schabas. The abolition of the death penalty in international law. Cambridge University Press.
    In 1846, Michigan became the first jurisdiction to abolish capital punishment permanently.
  2. (archaic) To put an end to or destroy, as a physical object; to wipe out.
    And with thy blood abolish so reproachful blot. - Edmund Spenser
    His quick instinctive hand Caught at the hilt, as to abolish him. - Alfred Tennyson


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