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abolish (əˈbɒlɪʃ



  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


View thesaurus entry
= do away with, end, destroy, eliminate, shed, cancel, axe (informal), get rid of, ditch (slang), dissolve, junk (informal), suppress, overturn, throw out, discard, wipe out, overthrow, void, terminate, drop, trash (slang), 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 (Australian) (slang), jeff (Australian) (slang)

Translations for 'abolish'

  • British English: 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: يُلْغِي
  • Brazilian Portuguese: abolir
  • Chinese: 废除
  • Croatian: ukinuti
  • Czech: zrušit rušit
  • Danish: afskaffe
  • Dutch: afschaffen
  • European Spanish: abolir
  • Finnish: lakkauttaakumota
  • French: abolir
  • German: abschaffen
  • Greek: καταργώ
  • Italian: abolire
  • Japanese: 廃止する
  • Korean: 폐지하다
  • Norwegian: avskaffe
  • Polish: obalić obalać
  • Portuguese: abolir
  • Romanian: a aboli
  • Russian: отменять
  • Spanish: abolir
  • Swedish: avskaffa
  • Thai: ยกเลิก
  • Turkish: yürürlükten kaldırmak
  • Ukrainian: скасовувати скасувати
  • Vietnamese: hủy bỏ

Example Sentences Including 'abolish'

It'll be criminal if he's lost to politics when they abolish the Greater London Council.
Barnard, Robert Political Suicide
Even Hilary, in her own way, considers them, and believes she is helping them by trying to abolish fatherhood.
Abolish the Administrative Service and you abolish the Empire; and with it, interstellar peace, order, and civilization.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2


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