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abolish (əˈbɒlɪʃ Pronunciation for abolish



  1. (transitive) to do away with (laws, regulations, customs, etc); put an end to

Derived Forms

aˈbolishable adjective
aˈbolisher noun
aˈbolishment noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French aboliss- (lengthened stem of abolir), ultimately from Latin abolēre to destroy


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= do away with, end, destroy, eliminate, shed, cancel, axe, get rid of, ditch, dissolve, junk, suppress, overturn, throw out, discard, wipe out, overthrow, void, terminate, drop, trash, repeal, eradicate, put an end to, quash, extinguish, dispense with, revoke, stamp out, obliterate, subvert, jettison, repudiate, annihilate, rescind, exterminate, invalidate, bring to an end, annul, nullify, blot out, expunge, abrogate, vitiate, extirpate, kennet, jeff,

Translations for 'abolish'

  • British English: abolishPronunciation for abolish If someone in authority abolishes a practice or organization, they put an end to it.Parliament voted to abolish fox-hunting.əˈbɒlɪʃ VERB
  • Arabic: يُلْغِيPronunciation for يُلْغِي
  • Brazilian Portuguese: abolirPronunciation for abolir
  • Chinese: 废除Pronunciation for 废除
  • Croatian: ukinutiPronunciation for ukinuti
  • Czech: zrušitPronunciation for zrušit rušit
  • Danish: afskaffePronunciation for afskaffe
  • Dutch: afschaffenPronunciation for afschaffen
  • European Spanish: abolirPronunciation for abolir
  • Finnish: lakkauttaaPronunciation for lakkauttaakumota
  • French: abolirPronunciation for abolir
  • German: abschaffenPronunciation for abschaffen
  • Greek: καταργώPronunciation for καταργώ
  • Italian: abolirePronunciation for abolire
  • Japanese: 廃止するPronunciation for 廃止する
  • Korean: 폐지하다Pronunciation for 폐지하다
  • Norwegian: avskaffePronunciation for avskaffe
  • Polish: obalićPronunciation for obalić obalać
  • Portuguese: abolirPronunciation for abolir
  • Romanian: a aboli
  • Russian: отменятьPronunciation for отменять
  • Spanish: abolirPronunciation for abolir
  • Swedish: avskaffaPronunciation for avskaffa
  • Thai: ยกเลิกPronunciation for ยกเลิก
  • Turkish: yürürlükten kaldırmakPronunciation for yürürlükten kaldırmak
  • Ukrainian: скасовувати скасувати
  • Vietnamese: hủy bỏPronunciation for hủy bỏ

Example Sentences Including 'abolish'

Abolish the Administrative Service and you abolish the Empire; and with it, interstellar peace, order, and civilization.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
But Frank Field, the former minister for welfare reform, said the `fundamental change" would practically abolish Mr Darling's department.
Independent (1999)
Despite an ordinance empowering the states to abolish urban land ceilings, not a single state has implemented its provisions.
Business Today (1999)
Even Hilary, in her own way, considers them, and believes she is helping them by trying to abolish fatherhood.
For foes of the death penalty, the answer is simple: abolish it for all prisoners in this situation.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
In order to grant equal treatment to a minority, the government would in effect abolish civil marriage for everyone.
Globe and Mail (2003)
It'll be criminal if he's lost to politics when they abolish the Greater London Council.
Barnard, Robert Political Suicide
No effort must be spared, therefore, to abolish the national memory.
Peregrine Worsthorne IN DEFENCE OF ARISTOCRACY (2004)
Swinney in bid to win votes of unions SNP pledges to abolish the private finance initiative
Glasgow Herald (2002)


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