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abolish

a·bol·ish

abolish

 
 
pronunciation:
ba lihsh
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: abolishes, abolishing, abolished
definition 1: to do away with; put a stop to; end.
Compulsory military service has been abolished.Should the death penalty be abolished?
synonyms:
abrogate, annihilate, annul, cancel, end, invalidate, nullify, remove, repeal, rescind, retract, revoke, terminate, void
antonyms:
create, establish, initiate, retain
similar words:
blot out, countermand, cut out, dissolve, extinguish, nol-pros, quash, reverse, supersede
definition 2: to take out of existence.
Some wish to abolish the former leader's name from the history books.
synonyms:
annihilate, destroy, eliminate, end, eradicate, expunge, exterminate, extinguish, extirpate, obliterate, wipe out
antonyms:
create, establish
similar words:
blot out, demolish, devastate, ravage, subvert, suppress
derivations: abolisher (n.), abolishment (n.)
Word Parts
The word abolish contains the following part:
ab-, abs- Latin prefix that means from, away from
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Most words containing the prefix ab- , abs- are Latin loanwords, so the bases are Latin roots. ab- becomes abs- before bases beginning with "t," such as "tract."