(Greek > Latin: a suffix; one who believes in; one who is engaged in; someone who does something)
Abolitionists believed that slavery violated the basic human rights of freedom and so they insisted on making slavery illegal by proposing new antislavery laws for the country.
The most influential publication before the Civil War was Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), the best-selling novel and play by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the most famous abolitionist of the time.
Harriet Stowe emphasized the horrors that abolitionists had long claimed about slavery.2. People who want to destroy a law or practice of some kind: The abolitionists against the cruel treatment of animals included several groups across the entire country.
As an abolitionist, Monroe Jones fought to end the practice of slavery in the United States before the Civil War.
The elimination of slavery and the conflict between the abolitionists and those in favor of slavery were factors that led to the Civil War in America.
2. An individual who makes a business of ending a pregnancy illegally: The backstreet abortionist has recently been arrested by the police.
3. People who support, or advocate ending pregnancies when a woman wants it to be done: The noisy crowd in front of the clinic included many well-known abortionists.
4. Anyone who takes the action of stopping a project, a mission, etc, before it is completed: The engineer for the city was an abortionist who advocated discontinuing the building of the expensive bridge because of the excessive costs.
2. A person who acts or presents characteristics of being ridiculous: Mr. Potter, the politician, was described by some people as another in a series of absurdists who were candidates for mayor.
2. An advocate or supporter of adelphogamy.